Students at many of our program sites recently underwent a belt promotion exam often referred to as TESTING. Testing is an important part of the martial arts process. The various types of martial arts all approach testing differently but in most cases rank is earned.
In our program, testing is an opportunity to demonstrate what we’ve learned. We must show a certain level of proficiency before moving on to new curriculum. It motivates us to practice and do better at school and home. Family members, friends and teachers are encouraged to provide feedback and be a part of the process. Students don’t test until ready and failure to maintain behavioral standards in class, at school or home can result in a reduction of rank.
Testing is a challenge and a reminder that we aren’t perfect. Boards don’t always break on our first try. Our examiners are always looking at our attitude, when we succeed and when we fail. Testing promotes perseverance. It shows us where we need to improve and work harder. It helps us set goals and benchmarks to achievement.