Sunday, July 14, 2013
Top 5 Things to do to Prepare for your Next Karate Test
So how do you get ready? Here are five things you should do to prepare for your next test:
Know what the testing requirements are:
Sounds simple, and yet I’ve conducted tests where the students have “claimed” not to have known what board break they were supposed to do, or what fighting techniques were required at their rank, and so on. Really?
You can only make not knowing worse in one way; simply claim that it is the instructor’s fault for not telling you. (Apparently, he told everyone else in the class - only you were singled out - NOT!)
Most good martial arts schools have a written set of testing requirements for each belt rank. You should ask as soon as you get a promotion what it is you’ll be expected to know for the next test.
Practice, practice practice:
Once you know what is expected for your next test; practice it. Again, and again, and again. You don’t want to have to think about intricate body movements, balance, reach, precision, and coordination, rather, you want your body to just execute as if each technique is a second nature as reading.
Practice with partners. Practice alone. Practice to music. Practice in silence. Practice with your eyes closed, practice backwards. Practice in your mind while riding the bus to work. Practice during television commercials. Practice, practice, practice.
Review your lower techniques:
Once you’ve moved beyond your first belt, occasionally practice the lower belt materials. You’ll have to know all this stuff when you test for Black Belt, so you might as well keep it fresh. Also, since everything in the martial arts builds upon the previous materials, practicing your lower techniques is a good way to review the fundamentals of your higher techniques.
Push complex carbs and water:
As your approach your test, you’ll want to make sure you are physically in top shape and have the endurance needed to execute. Build your energy stores with complex carbs and remember to stay hydrated. By the way, most schools don’t let you take water breaks during the actual test.
Beginning several nights before the test, get into bed early to make sure you’re not running on empty the day of the exam. You want to be fresh and rested to perform your best.
Congratulations and good luck!