2nd Black Belt
- Oct 2, 2018
- Reaction score
Yes, the funny thing about going through the grading is that it is a reflection of everything you have gone through up until that point. It not only considers what you know on the day but it brings out how you prepared and the will that was forged from hundreds and thousands of hours polishing your craft. It is a kind of rebirth as you now have the understanding of what it takes to succeed so when you look at someone else going through it, you know intimately what they are going through and how well they prepared. The tests may vary slightly but you understand what is being asked of you and what it will take to pass.And when people have gloves and foot pads on, they think they can hit harder. I had the same mentality.
What goes around definitely comes around. But it wasn’t like that during my test. They were all trying to push me right to my breaking point. There’s a fine line there between enough and too much. They didn’t cross it. They were all black belts who’d been through it themselves and knew me well enough. I did the same thing when others were coming up. That builds the family atmosphere. People taking advantage certainly doesn’t. Anyone who took advantage was dealt with accordingly by the head honcho. Didn’t happen often, but it wasn’t pretty the very few times I saw it happen.
People that take advantage at a grading show more about themselves than the person they are taking advantage of and either are oblivious as to what is going on (which shows they have missed the concept of 'showing the way') or they are so insecure that a minor victory in someone else's test gives them the little boost of confidence to make their own lives bearable. Sad either way......