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Old 04-28-2006, 03:07 PM   #7
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Join Date: Jun 2000
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Re: What is the big deal w/ testing???

I second the above sentiment. Rank is something that should not be overemphasized or underemphasized. When balanced testing plays a role in establishing a measure to skill and acheivement and it also provides a motivation to train and increase one's skill level. Also, it is a way of the sensei saying that he believes that your skill has increased and he is telling you that you have accomplished a new level. Testing shows respect for that decision and it provides you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned.

Anne Marie Giri
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