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The stress of the Black Belt exam.

Black Belt Exam
Black Belt Exam

The Black Belt exam is getting closer and I have observed the students starting to get a “little stressed”, they have being training hard, questioning their own abilities & even to the point of creating excuses for not taking their training “up a level”. only last week I was observing the juniors training in a hard class with the adults, I noticed the frowns on their faces, looking at the clock, to me this was all wrong. Most adult students train for nothing more than sheer enjoyment of it, perhaps escapism from the everyday life….and I believe that the our junior students should adopt this attribute. After all I feel if you are not enjoying it then why do it? Martial Arts is a life long study, it gives you so much back (for now lets not go in to that) , but for the student training for Black Belt they must enjoy the training journey. Yes it is difficult , stressful but ain’t most exams. If you have put the right amount of training in ….your almost there. For all our students reading this blog who are grading over the next month enjoy it , embrace the challenge so many have quit along the wayfor,  some this is a chance to shine , to achieve Black Belt status is a great thing but it’s only the beginning………