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#324678 - 02/25/07 12:46 AM have you ever messed up a grading test?
jc4199 Offline

Registered: 07/10/05
Posts: 362
Loc: Pevely, MO U.S.A
Today I had my test for 1st kyu it was going well and I was feeling great. Then came the kata part of my test. I did my first 4 felt great but on my last kata I blanked out I could not find the moves. My instructor told me to stop and to take the sparring and grappling parts of my test.

I had a few min of time while my partners were getting their gear on. I tried my kata and nailed it felt good and crisp. For the life of me I have no clue why I blanked out. After the sparing and Grappling parts of the test I went back and did all of my katas once again had no problem with any of them that time.

Just hoping I passed will find out in a few weeks.

Has any thing like this happened to you?
Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.

#324679 - 02/25/07 01:09 AM Re: have you ever messed up a grading test? [Re: jc4199]
mindNOmind Offline

Registered: 02/18/07
Posts: 5
look it happens to people all the time, not just to Martial Artists. It has happened to me during training, although not for a grading. You could have been nervous, tensed up, etc. I don't think it's anythign to worry about.

#324680 - 02/25/07 02:12 AM Re: have you ever messed up a grading test? [Re: jc4199]
clmibb Offline

Registered: 08/31/06
Posts: 1035
Loc: South Texas, US
JC this has happened to me plenty of times. Not only during class but during a test. I still get teased about it and it was 10 years ago. During one of my red belt tests we were at a different school and was not aware of everything in the room, the biggest thing I didn't notice was the wall-to-wall-floor-to-ceiling mirrors that was off to my left. We do through all our techniques and I'm feeling pretty good. I like forms and I knew that portion was next. They randomly pick forms for us to do and I think Dan-Gun was picked for me to do first. I go to the first move (a double knife hand block to the left) and was fine (I must have had my eyes closed on the first move). I step forward and punch and open my eyes. I freaked out and lost track of where I was and even the name of the form I was doing. The test board was looking at me like I was crazy and my instructor asked if I was ok. Told him I was and he gave me the form name again so I could start over. Even today I sat on the test board of a red belt test and they told the group that was testing to not pull a "Casey" and scare yourself with your own reflection. So yeah it happens to the best of us! don't let it discourage you.

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#324681 - 02/25/07 08:13 AM Re: have you ever messed up a grading test? [Re: jc4199]
haze Offline

Registered: 06/11/06
Posts: 106
Loc: Syracuse NY USA
Has happened to me several times on a test. Blanked out one time and the examiner gave me a break to get my head together. got the opening moves back and thought I was all right. Got half way through the kata and "DUH", was stuck again. Green belt 5th kyu, only test I ever failed.

I'm sure if you came back and nailed it you will pass! As long as all the other aspects of the test were good.

#324682 - 02/25/07 11:19 AM Re: have you ever messed up a grading test? [Re: jc4199]
Ronin1966 Offline
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Registered: 04/26/02
Posts: 3116
Loc: East Coast, United States
Hello Jc4199:

In answer to your question, let's just say I keep expecting he'll come to his senses, and rightfully ask for them back... Has not happened yet, but will certainly understand if/when he does...

#324683 - 02/25/07 03:40 PM Re: have you ever messed up a grading test? [Re: jc4199]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10415
Loc: Great White North
Been there and when testing last year in March for 1st Gup I didn't break my boards though I excelled on forms and one-steps and did fine in sparring but I failed the test because of this and had to wait 6 weeks till April to retest; I didn't fail again. Up until that point I had never failed; though I have failed in life at many things. How we recover from these failures is what is most important.

#324684 - 02/25/07 05:08 PM Re: have you ever messed up a grading test? [Re: Dereck]
DaDoN_1 Offline
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Registered: 06/13/05
Posts: 242
At our gradings we are purposely distracted, the instructors, senseis, grand master all sit, whipering while you perform your kata to make you take your mind off the task at hand. But they watch us every single training day so they know that we know it . I try to be as relaxed as i can, i always sing to myself to keep my nerves down , we all screw up at some point, the test is actually how well we can recover and how fast

#324685 - 02/26/07 03:15 PM Re: have you ever messed up a grading test? [Re: DaDoN_1]
RazorFoot Offline
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Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 2064
Loc: Seated at the computer, DUH
I would hazard to say that it has probably happened to everyone at least once. I had it happen to me the first time I tested in front of our instructor's instructor, Grandmaster Lee. Completely and utterly choked on my poomsae (patterns/forms). To the point where I simply stood there, staring out into space, asking if I could try later.

I did well on every other aspect of the testing but I was politely informed that I would test again on poomsae the following weekend before I could receive my new belt.

Sometimes, the nervousness wins. Sometimes we just lose focus but it comes back and we can move forward just fine. Don't sweat it. Could it happen again, yeah. Do I worry about it happening again, nah, not anymore. I breathe and go on to the next thing I know I do know and hope it comes back to me.

All part of the process.

"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be."

#324686 - 02/26/07 03:27 PM Re: have you ever messed up a grading test? [Re: RazorFoot]
oldman Offline
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Registered: 07/28/04
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#324687 - 02/26/07 04:27 PM Re: have you ever messed up a grading test? [Re: oldman]
VDJ Offline

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 1674
Never happened at a test, but I was at a tournament doing Gae Baek and came to the last 4 moves and my mind went completely blank, even if I ended up remembering them, too much time went by for me to pull out any respectable score. I just bowed and left the ring. The worse part was that I was busting a buddy's chops for blanking on the same form just minutes before I was called out. I learned my lesson of humility that day and my buddy still raz's me about it and that was about 4 years ago !


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