Thursday, January 4, 2024

How To Pass Your Martial Arts Belt Test

Your next belt test is coming up.

Are you ready to pass your next martial arts belt test?

In this martial arts movement post, let’s explore the components of a martial arts belt test and build a study checklist to get you ready.

The first half of the checklist is of course physical skills, the martial arts being physical in nature.

For each belt rank you are going to be expected to be able to demonstrate of perform certain movements.

Identify and study these movements in the correct way.

Have you been building on your previous belt tests?

Each martial arts rank is building on the last to bring out and improve movement, review how you did on your past test, bring that movement up to par, and work on the movements you need to know for the current belt test.

The second half of the check list are certain martial arts attributes that are always present in training, and show character development in rank. Concepts such as determination, fighting spirit, and warrior heart.

Work to cultivate these characteristics so they can be present during your belt test.

The teacher or judge panel will not only be looking for a demonstration of martial art technique, but also one of spirit.

Sparring, randori, & competition.

Some belt ranks might involve sparring or competition, and while the rules and expectations will be different for each belt and each style, what is important is that in the moment you find yourself on the mat, don’t give up- finish out the match no matter what.

Keep going to the end.

That will carry you through in earning the rank.

See you on the mat!

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The aim of the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo (school of the life giving sword) is to understand nature and the movement of being zero through taijutsu- martial ways of using the body. The school exists to create and transmit this feeling and method through the experience of isshi soden.

Located in Westchester New York, the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo is a martial arts training group founded in 2005 with the aim of coming together as martial arts friends to study the Japanese martial arts of Masaaki Hatsumi through the movement lessons of the Bujinkan Dojo.

Training is supervised by Fred Feddeck who has been studying Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu since 1993.

Classes are held on Saturday Mornings from 9-11 AM at a local park in Yonkers New York easily accessible by car, train, and bus. Additional training times are held for workshops and seminars each quarter.

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