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Old 02-28-2008, 09:14 PM   #14
Dojo: Elkton Ki-Aikido
Location: Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 108
Re: Test Passing Standards - What is it?

Just to take a slightly different direction...but I've sometimes seen that a failed test can teach more than ten passed tests ever will. When you fail, especially if it is a public failure, you have to truly ask yourself what your practice truly means to you. Do you run off to some corner and pout? Do you get angry and say disrespectful things either to or about your teachers? Or do you dig deep, swallow your pride, and hit the mats to train again?

Yes, passing is a wonderful thing, but failing can be in many ways even more enlightening about one's courage and dedication.
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