Re: testing.....or just train..
Testing is a little bitof a double edged sword
i do some chinese art where there is no test required, so we just work on the techniques as we want, so instead of always looking for the next techniques or the next belt/grade we are more focused on what we are doing right now
sometimes it feels like I am 'floating' a little with no immediate goals of an exam and whether it is ture or not it feels like there is less stucutre to the learning maybe becasue i am unaware of the stuctrue
i also like the pressure an exam puts me under
I think grades exams are good but shouldn;t be the aim of your training, but a by product of training hard