My name is Hope Martin.
My style is Matsubayashi Ryu Shorin Ryu Okinawan Karate Do.
My shodan test is April, 21st, 2016.
And I am terrified. Okay. Maybe that is too strong a word. Extremely worried? Again not exactly right but maybe it will do.
Those I’ve talked to it say this test is grueling. Four or more hours long, it is intense workout followed by intense verbal examination followed by intense self-defense type sparring and will leave you wishing for a quick death. No, not really. But kinda.
They were all much younger for their tests than I am. I was about 42 when I started karate. I’ll be 47 for my shodan test. So there’s a smidge of a push to pass this milestone before I get too much older (and break-y-er). I’m still recovering from a knee injury earned during my nikyu (middle brown belt) test three months ago. And the fractured finger from a class before that. And…
So why do this? For now I’ll just say that I’ve just decided it is the right thing for me to do. I’ll save the reasons for a later post.
This journey will be documented here… planning… execution… to keep the panic to a minimum. Yeah. Panic. That’s the word I was looking for.
If you’re reading this (It means I had the courage to hit publish!) don’t expect long and thoughtful articles. No time (or ability) for that. Do expect to read about what I planned and then actually did. What I learned along the way. And eventually… the outcome!
I am hoping that another “executive senior” kyu rank will find all this helpful. If only because I’ll feel a little less crazy. 😉
Leave a cheerful comment if you feel so inclined. Words of wisdom. Stuff like that.