How long is your belt tests?
Question:Basically, mine takes around 45mins to 1 1/4 hrs out of a two hour class.
I've seen various people say their test is 4-6-8 hrs long..what on earth can you during a test that takes that long?
Whoops... Sorry, I don't mean to put other people styles down... I just don't see the point personally. Seems like an excuse to charge more cash. But they probably have their reasons, as long as you agree with them then go with it.
PS fighting ususes primarily the anearobic energy system and no one can opperate using that energy system for lengthy periods of time. So in my opinion legnthy gradings prove nothing about fighting, not even fighting fitness but that's just my opinion.
Four to 8 hours is a hell of a long time. Maybe for a multi-level dan? But for pre-black, I can't imagine how you can go that long.
edit...A) our tests are a flat rate of $25...so it doesn't matter how long the test is...plus we really don't do anything to make money off of our students...as running a school is more of a hobby than a business...
and B) we don't have long tests to prove fitness...we have long tests because of everything we need to cover... 9-10 forms, 9 sets, about a zillion kicks...etc...and we do board breaking not because the board tried to hurt us (mr. miyagi philosophy) but to show body control...
and we have a mixed blend of martial arts...we used to call it a mixed martial art...but that term seems to be synonomous with a bunch of idiots in a cage beating on each other (sorry to any MMA 'artists' out there...i don't see the UFC as being a martial ART) ...it mixes tang soo do, judo, ju jutsu as well as many many other martial arts...we call it Tao-Do
It breaks down like this.
8:00 PM - Bow in, begin a regular class to warm up
9:00 PM - Forms
10:00 PM - Sparring
11:00 PM - Traditional one step/ Street fighting one-step
12:00 AM - Knife/club/gun defense
1:00 AM - Grappling
2:00 AM - Thesis presentation
3:00 AM - Sleep
6:00 AM - Running
7:00 AM - Forms
8:00 AM - Sparring
9:00 AM - Breaking
10:00 AM - Belt presentation
This is a fasting test, so no food but as much liquid as you want.
We don't invite people to test until we know they can do everything. The 13+/- hour test forces you to demonstrate your skill and perseverance, especially when you are bone tired.
As for breaking, it serves a couple of purposes:
1) Technique demonstration
2) Confidence building
We just finished a black belt test two (2) weeks ago, three students tested for 1st degree, one (1) for 2nd degree, two (2) candidates tested just to let them know what was going to be expected of them, and three (3) 2nd degrees were prepping for their 3rd degree test.
Additional information as requested:
Yes, 13 hours. We are testing that you know, and can demonstrate, everything you have been taught in a stressed situation, when you are exhausted, when every muscle and bone starts to hurt.
Why? Because we tell folks we're training for self defense. What good is a black belt that can't defend themselves just because they are tired or sore? Our goal is to supplant instincts with training and the only way to test that is to put people in a situation where their training must overcome their instincts. We could drop them in the middle of a gang fight, but we've found the 13 hour test to be a better tool.
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