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#434434 - 01/05/12 10:10 PM Coming of "age".
Zinc Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 14
Loc: Western Pa!
Hello everyone! After much time spent practicing and the sort, I took my test for my 2nd kyu. I passed, (they said I looked good, I beg to differ, :D) and I was approached by one of my teacher, with my friend (who also passed onto the 2nd kyu today)standing along side me.
He talked to us about getting up in the ranks or whatever, and the mounting responsibilities we'd be accountable for now. This is all well and lovely, and I'm proud I've gotten so far, but it's also very... unnerving.

Being WAAAAY more experienced than I, does anyone remember how they felt when started to get on in the years of their training? I mean, were you excited, nervous? I'd just like to know if I'm in a bad position at the moment or not.

Thanks guys.

#434435 - 01/06/12 05:38 AM Re: Coming of "age". [Re: Zinc]
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Registered: 04/25/05
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Loc: the Netherlands
When I tested for 3rd kyu in karate (brown belt in our school) I was told that I had a lot more responsebilities. First being a role model to lower ranks (o.k., this also aplies to green belts), but you will also be kept an eye on to see if you are up to become shodan/yudansha. People form other schools that may attend tournaments or trainings will look at your level as a brown belt, which will influence their view on your particular school. You have become an ambassador of your school and style.

By becoming a higher rank mudansha you are becoming more and more of a role-model for the lower ranks.

This is how I came trough the ranks. After a couple of years at 3rd kyu level, not being able to travel for examinations at our honbu dojo, I tried to test for shodan at once. So I had to show all the stuff from all the in between examinations, which went quite well in my opinion.
The examinators however found it too big a step at once. So I passed 1st kyu and had to practice another year before I took my shodan exam. I had no problem with that at all.
I plan on training for a long time, so I'm in no rush.

#434436 - 01/06/12 07:43 AM Re: Coming of "age". [Re: Ives]
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Registered: 10/23/05
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Something I've encountered time and again in different arts is the idea of "growing in to your belt". In other words, it takes time to settle in at your new rank sometimes. One example I know off recently was a BJJ white belt who have been training for 2 years and was beating everybody at tournaments and was the best white belt in class. He got his blue belt last October and found he wasn't the best anymore at his rank. He went from doing great at tourneys to doing just ok. He also found he had to spend more time helping white belts, which cut down his rolling time etc... I'm sure he'll be fine if he sticks with it, but as I say sometimes you have to grow in to it.
"Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food" Hippocrates.

#434442 - 01/07/12 12:15 PM Re: Coming of "age". [Re: Prizewriter]
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Registered: 05/15/05
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In TKD the Red belt (equivalent to brown) signifies "danger", warning the opponent but also the student that they must take care.

This is the level where you have to be striving towards BB but also exercising control and courtesy/consideration to lower ranks, especially when training with them.

I oncefound myself in a different club and different association when I was training away from home. The trainer kindly allowed me to wear my association insignia and my BB (even more surprising cos the hosts are hard-core ITF club and my group were non-ITF).

However, there was a problem that I didn't know ITF protocol/procedure in some things and I was out of practice. Not so much of a problem except being a BB they insisted I stand at the front and call out the orders for the class to start, bow etc.

Eventually, I spoke to the coach and said I would wear a red belt as i was guest, but also because it did not set a good example to the lower grades when the highest grade in the class was messing up the protocol.

He thanked me, although he said he felt I should wear my BB, and next class I came in a red belt... only to find there were no redsa training that day either... so i was once again the highest student...
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