On June 18 and 20, 2013, I embarked on a test that was nearly two years in the making. I was invited by my instructor, Angel, to test for my black belt in Taekwondo (TKD). I knew about the test about 6 weeks ahead, which enabled me to train much harder and focus my time in the areas that I was lacking in. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I would be at 24 hr fitness doing cardio for about 45 minutes and then I would work on my Poomsae (forms) in the Group X room for about another 45 minutes. Eventually I added doing the same on Tuesday and Thursdays as well as the usual TKD training we’d do in class. On June 17th I did a light cardio workout and ran through my Poomsae, and realized I was indeed ready. I wasn’t nervous, I knew what I needed to do, I practiced, I visualized the self-defense moves, and how I’d spar. I was good to go. Bring it on!
On Tuesday at 5:30 PM, I show up to Black Eagle ready to go. Below is the agenda for the two-day test, each day was about 2 hours.
For the first day you can see we did kicks, blocks/strikes, Poomsae 1-4 and sparring. I was so glad and relieved that I didn’t know we were doing sparring Tuesday. It was one of the areas I was nervous about. Not that I couldn’t do it, but was I conditioned enough to do it. So I was very happy to not know that I was going to be doing it. I would have been a ball of nerves with just that knowledge. 😉
After warming up we jumped right in. After a bit, I think everyone relaxed and got in a rhythm and that was good for everyone. It felt like a regular class, except with an audience, judges, video cameras (mine) and a photographer (my awesome sister shot all of the following). So now I will take you on the journey of my black belt test.
I didn’t get many good shots of the sparring, most were blurry and frankly all of mine sucked, you’d only see my back. So I am not sharing them. But I have a load on my personal website and I’ll share the link at the end. 🙂
Now on to day 2, June 20th. First up was Poomsae then on to self-defense then board breaks.
We didn’t know if we passed as we left the Dojo Thursday night. I suspected that I had passed, I felt like I rocked the whole test. Where I goofed, I corrected, where I didn’t know, I focused my mind, where I felt like I couldn’t do it or finish, I dug down deep and continued. I felt strong! Now it was time to pack and head for my first vacation without my boys (all 3)! I had a flight at 10 the next morning and I wanted to weigh in at Weight Watchers before I headed to the airport. But before I could crash, I looked at Facebook…
I took off to Hawaii, a Black Belt! When I got home I ordered my belt and got it the following week (last week).
I have yet to get a shot of me wearing this amazing piece of black cloth and gold thread. But when I do, I’ll post it!
Here’s the link to the huge gallery of shots that were taken. I will add video eventually, but I will need to sit down and go through 4 hours of video first. And frankly, I am not really wanting to sit and do it all right now. It’s too nice out! So there it is! I know I haven’t elaborated enough and I can and probably will edit this with some more thoughts along the way.