I miss going to beatings on my off days, but by the end of the week I'm fairly exhausted and I experience some dread getting up and working as hard as we do. This comes from my light sleeping and waking up early. I love sleeping in when I can and it's become very hard to do over the years. Since I get up at five for beatings, I need to get to bed fairly early to be fresh. I doesn't always work as the week goes by.
The belt exams were during the weekend and we could sign in and watch via Zoom. This was a unique method and I loved it because I could sit at home and enjoy the process in my sweats, drinking coffee. I was able to watch a few fellows from my school go for their first (cho) and then watch Keith go for his (Ee). The format had changed a bit so instead of rest breaks between skills they had to go all the way through. So exhaustion was a big issue.
I also found out that the exam is not strictly pass or fail. Well maybe if you blow enough of the sections it's a fail, but of my three, two folks have to go back in a few weeks to redo a section. Once your cohort completes the redos all the testers get their belt.
Since I opted not to do the pre-evaluation I won't be able to test in April which might have been a possibility, but I'll end up testing next October and I "should" be squared away by then. My pre-evaluation will occur in April.
Today was basics and forms. What I found in the test was basics are performed in threes. So it's pretty fast. I finally figured out that was what Keith was running me through. He would add one or two more for techniques that needed a lot of love. Out of the thirteen basics I have, about three or four that really need fine tuning. I'd like to see those improve for sure, but I understand that in any martial art I'm always going to get a lot of finer and finer detail to address things.
After we finished going through the forms a few times Keith collected his thoughts. I can't give you the verbatim, but this is my best recollection.
"I can see when you do Nihanshi and Passai, that you are bringing your history with you. When you do Chil Sung - since you learned it here - that you are doing as we would do the form. You still are showing your Karate roots in the other forms. All the pieces are in place but we need to you move over to the Korean side of the house. It's like speaking with an accent. We want to you to develop a Korean accent."
Gotta work on that accent!