Thanks for the well-wishes, everyone!
I passed last night. I had gotten together with a training buddy to review a couple of times since last week, and it was very helpful. After our first review session, we had some questions for our instructor. I could not make the class before testing due to needing to be home with my kids while my wife was at work, so my buddy took the questions to class and then showed me what we were missing when we got together at his house to review the next night. All in all, it was very helpful, and I made some beneficial tweaks to my technique.
In testing, we did warm-ups, then demonstrated technique for about 45 minutes. The instructor would just randomly pick techniques from the syllabus, and have us drill them with our partners for a few minutes while he watched. He made a couple minor adjustments on things with each of us, but all in all it went smoothly.
Then we sparred for 30 minutes. He had the four of us who were testing line up on the mats on our knees, and had everyone cycle through us for 3 minute rounds without giving us a break until we had sparred everyone in class. Testing was held during a regular class session, so there were plenty of folks to roll with. My first match I ended up with a newbie, who also happened to be an excellent wrestler. He literally wore me out - I could not land any submissions, but I fought off his attempts the entire round. He was strong, and had great positioning, so it was a challenging match. Next I ended up with another former wrestler, but this guy has been coming to class for the past 6 months or so. After another long, exhausting battle, I succumbed to a gi choke
. Luckily, I fared better my next few matches. I choked #3 with a gi choke from my guard and a guillotine from the guard, and then dominated my next few matches positionally (i.e., held mount for nearly the entire time), but did not land any submissions.
All in all I think it went well. I am whipped this AM, and am glad it is Friday. I woke up feeling like a truck ran me over (darn wrestlers!
). Now time to start learning new material for the next test in a few months...