Before class got started I got into a conversation with Kyle about Celebration next week. As usual I have the facts incorrect, so he was nice enough to clarify a few things for me. The Celebration is just that. It's not actually testing, but a display of basic skills and then specific stuff depending on belt level. The student actually has to have a bunch of things checked off before the day and then they get a belt. Kyle is scheduled to receive his Brown on Wednesday!
On the other hand the brown to black transition is really a test and you better bring your A game. That's the one I witnessed in Track town where all of our folks did not pass.
Now that Mark passed his Black belt exam, he his has one year to learn two very long katas and a bunch of bunkai and applications that go with them. This is where I fit in. Because I have my blackbelt from another school and have been going for a year I'll be going along with Mark learning the after test work to earn my certificate! I'm sure I have some part of this wrong, but we jumped into work on the first of the two katas last night.
Kyoku Roku Dan - We got about 17 moves into the form then Reed stopped us for the first bunkai. Leave it to Mark and I; we converted a simple block and lock into a ten minute head scratcher.
Normally, I forget the kata as soon as I get home, but I was able to do it this morning with a lot of stopping and thinking. But if I understand correctly it's going to be very long and I've got 364 to learn it and it's partner before I have to demonstrate it in front of people. Weeee. Something to do and something to look forward to! A great way to celebrate my 50th year.