Every Taekwondo student loves when he/she gets the opportunity to test for their next belt rank! A common question related to this is as follows:
What should I do in order to prepare for this upcoming belt test?
Here are some suggestions on what to prepare for specifically to achieve that next belt rank!
Preparing For Your Next Belt Rank Test:
Focusing on the curriculum specified for your current belt rank- Make sure you are aware of what is expected of you to know for the next test. If you are unsure of what you need to know, you can ask any of the dojang Instructors and they would be more than happy to help you! Things to make sure you know very well are your Poomse (Forms), self defense, techniques, free sparring, etc. Whether you feel confident in your curriculum or not, PRACTICING IS VERY IMPORTANT! Each day, take one or two specific things to focus on, and work on them until you feel like you know them inside and out, but don't be afraid to ask for help or ask any questions you may have. We are all learning!
Getting yourself mentally ready to take the exam- When preparing for your upcoming rank test, make sure you are mentally ready. A good example of this would be to make sure you feel confident in all of your curriculum, get that "Can-Do" attitude that you can do anything that you put your mind to, and ask the Instructors any questions that you may have before the test. This way, when the day of your test finally arrives, you can feel confident and ready to do your best and receive that next desired rank!
Making sure that your uniform and belt are both ready the day of testing- Respect and discipline are a huge part of the Martial Arts Taekwondo experience, and the way that you carry yourself and your uniform says a great deal about that! Make sure that the day of testing, your uniform is clean and neat, possibly even pressed, and that you have your belt with you. Make sure that your belt is tied correctly, both remaining ends of the belt are even, and your uniform is nicely tucked underneath your belt. Not only will you look sharp, but us Instructors appreciate the pride that you take in yourself as a Taekwondo student. Also, during testing, Team Dragon t-shirts are not allowed, you must be wearing your uniform, belt included.
With the above suggestions on preparing for your next belt rank test, along with doing your very best, coming prepared with all of your equipment, and a positive attitude, you are sure to succeed! Nerves are natural to feel before a test, but as you progress throughout the exam, those will cease and not only will you do great, you will feel happy while testing! Above all, most importantly you will reach the ultimate goal......... TO ACHIEVE THE RANK OF BLACK BELT!
-Arizona Dragons Taekwondo Family