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Old 05-11-2004, 07:57 AM   #51
Nick Simpson
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Re: 5th kyu test advice for a begginer

Well Steven, howd your test go? Hope you did good!
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Old 05-12-2004, 03:37 AM   #52
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I was told that I needed to work on my footwork but I passed because my te-sabaki was good.
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Old 05-12-2004, 06:44 AM   #53
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Well done! Ive got my third kyu in july possibly but I think I might ask to be pulled out of it, my technique isnt up to scratch and im getting too stressed about it. Id rather learn all this stuff over a period of time and really get the hang of it than cram it in 2 months and make a fool of myself.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:20 AM   #54
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I understand your feelings. I practiced for 5 months for mine but I think your sylabus is probably harder than mine cos my sylabus back in the uk has many more techniques than the Hombu sylabus I`m on now.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:54 AM   #55
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Id rather learn all this stuff over a period of time and really get the hang of it than cram it in 2 months and make a fool of myself.
Question...are the requirments for your next grading made available anytime? If so, why not be working on them all the time?

I'm not picking on you It's something I see in my own students as well. The requirements are in the office for anybody to look at. They are told they can get them anytime, but most never do until just before testing.

Just wait until you get into the dan grades. I had less than one days notice for my last test...which was to be in front of the head of our organization no less

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Old 05-12-2004, 03:12 PM   #56
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The syllabus is available to me and I know what is required at third kyu, I also know what is required beyond of shodan.. I am working on the requirements all the time, but it just feels rushed to me, I know my grading isnt supposed to be perfect and that its the attitude and what we do when we mess up that is important but im a perfectionist and I cant summon any enthusiasm until I know I will perform correctly all the time. 10% margin for error at the most. Its either going to be an excellent grading or no grading at all.
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Old 05-13-2004, 06:58 AM   #57
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Hmmm, if I think back on my tests the one that sticks out is sankyu. I learned a lot about myself and my training on that test....because it was terrible Now, I wouldn't trade that experience. Having a test where I nearly failed (and probably should have) was the best thing that happened to my training.

I know someone who failed his test for yondan in iaido. He was given a list of 10 things to work on. The next time he tested he again failed. This time however the list was down to 5 things. Instead of being bummed over failing he was excited because he'd fixed half of the things that needed fixing.

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Old 05-13-2004, 04:24 PM   #58
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Worthy advice, you definately learn more from your failings than your winnings. last time I graded I made one empty handed mistake and slightly mucked up 3 out of 10 of the jo suburi, i realised this as I did it, but it was still a very good grading. Ive since corrected these issues but I wont approach third kyu unless im certain that I will do a good job of it, its just not my nature to go into something hoping for the best, I pick my ground and my time and expect to do my best. Im feeling a little more enthusiastic today though, had some brainwaves on the mat concerning tachi dori and kubishime...
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:30 PM   #59
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I'm going to be taking a test for 5th kyu soon and was looking for some advice on the kinds of mistakes they will look for and how strict the examiners are.

I'm asking because the only kind of martial arts testing I did was a long time ago and was only "kata" based Karate.

If this helps these are the 4 things I need for my test

Katatedori Shiho nage OMOTE/URA

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Shomen uchi Ikkyo OMOTE/URA

Kokyuho SITTING

Thanks in advance
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2. Shomenuchi Iriminage
3. Katatetori Shihonage
4. Ryotetori Tenchinage
5. Tsuki Kotegaeshi
6. Ushiro Tekubitori Kotegaeshi
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Old 12-16-2008, 12:30 PM   #60
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Steven is at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo and they starts at 5th Kyu.

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