Master of Arts
- Sep 25, 2006
- Reaction score
- Stevenage, Herts, UK
Exactly! I've been lucky to test for most of my ranks under my direct instructor (that has been since white belt). Unfortunately he passed away last year, so I have a choice to test with UK GMs, or go to Korea to test with the President of my Kwan. I've met him a few times, interviewed him, he's taken me to lunch, etc. So that has more meaning for me.I was able to test for my 7th Dan MDK in front of GM Chon, Jae Kyu about a year before he passed. Emotional, symbolic and any other positive adjective you can think of.
My 5th Dan Kukkiwon was in front of a board in Chicago; five GM’s, mostly Korean and all higher up in US Kukkiwon but it did not carry the same weight to me.
It would have been my last chance for my instructor to test me before I had to go to Korea to test, but as that's not an option now, Korea is next best thing.