My first rank exam is coming up this weekend! I'm both excited and nervous. I've done exams before in my previous style, but they were a bit different and they were also in house. This exam is at a regional seminar in front of the head honchos. I'm definitely a bit worried that I'll get nervous due to an unfamiliar audience. I'm also slightly weirded out by a few warnings that some of these guys are jerks and give unhelpful criticism. In particular, I've been told that one guy might rip into me about my weight even if my technique is good, because he's that kind of guy. That said, I know the material and I know I'm ready for this exam. I busted my butt for the last three and a half months getting in better physical condition, losing weight, and of course doing karate! I can't wait to get this belt and then bust my butt some more.