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Old 03-16-2012, 04:55 PM
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Well tonight is the culmination of the better part of 6 yrs of hard work, determination, and dedication. I'm FINALLY testing for my black belt in karate.

Typically it takes about 3-4 yrs to earn a black belt, but due to my work schedule (or lack there of), life happening, and various other aspects it's taken me a little longer than most.

I've already done a significant portion of the test, now all that is left is two written tests (one Korean vocabulary, the other the history of Tang Soo Do), and then demonstrate all 13 patterns/ forms, do a little sparring, and then break some wood.

With any luck I'll squeak by with a passing grade. The bad part is that I won't find out if I passed for a couple of weeks, as the results need to be sent to the headquarters school in Jacksonville, FL for evaluation...

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wow that sound involved lol !

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Good luck that sounds awesome. I wish I had the discipline to study a martial art. ok what I really need is the time but any free time and not free time seems to be taken up here lol
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I survived, and I think I did fairly well. or I should say that our GrandMaster didn't yell at me too much. I feel pretty good about it as well.

They did have me spar against a couple of people who had about 4 feet of reach and 6 feet of leg on me, so that made things a bit more difficult. I think I did fairly well preventing myself from getting completely FUBARed LOL

That damn brick that I had to break bruised the hell out of my right hand though... with any luck it'll heal up quickly and not still be tender after 3 months like it was last time LOL

Now I just have to wait a couple of weeks for the results of the test. I've been told that the federation gurus in Florida need to get together and pow wow, and decide if I did well enough.... I'll update when I've been updated.

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awesome work Bill!! hopefully you passed the tests and are now a black belt!
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Congrats on a alot of hard work, truly a hugh accomplishment. Best of luck for positive results on your tests.
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I heard yesterday during the color belt testing (of which I was helping) from one of the master instructors that I did infact pass the written test. That is one hurdle that has been overcome.

All of the info from the test, as it was multi part gets sent to Florida to the headquarters school to be reviewed by a panel of senior black belts. If the panel approves everything then I will be promoted to 1st Dan (first degree black belt). I'm told that it'll take between 2 and 3 weeks to hear back.

I guess after waiting almost 6 yrs, another 2 or 3 weeks isn't much LOL

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Well congrats brother....
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That's awesome Bill! I, too, wish I had the time for something like that but definitely keep us posted, hope to hear the good news soon!

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