The thrill of martial arts testing hits everyone, but these events also cause nervousness, hesitation, and sometimes the desire to push them off. These low-energy vibes are common with all sorts of testing. With martial arts, the tests test everything about a person. From strength, to flexibility, to respect, to confidence, and to many more aspects, belt tests produce healthy doses of adrenaline and the desire to progress. At Choe’s HapKiDo, our exams are meant to encourage students, not to bring them down. A panel of instructors observes students’ techniques and forms, and we show support to all testers. Even if testing is voluntary, students should be tested because it contributes to their growth as a martial artist.
Why Should Students Be Tested? – They Reel in Many Benefits!
They Give A Sense of Purpose. Belt tests add to the importance of goal making for students. When there are goals in mind, the work practiced has a purpose. They act as guides of wanting to progress, to strive for being the best.
They Show Great Progress. As a result of goals, the tests are evidence for hard work that pays off. The tests also act as time markers. And after a year of HapKiDo Karate, students can reflect on how far they have come since January. These events make for good times to remember!
They Build Confidence. When students overcome something like a martial arts test, especially when hesitant, their confidence increases. They witness their bodies and minds moving exactly how they practiced, and they see how good they are. It is good for instructors to tell students the good work they have done, but it is also important for students to also think that.
They are Inspirations to Keep Going. At belt tests, students are around other levels – higher belts and lower belts. They have the opportunity to watch what to look forward to next and to also refuel their tanks of wanting to reach black belt level.
If we never take the opportunity to rise to the occasion of tests, then how are we to know about the quality of our work. Within each belt test, martial artists grow. They will build their repertoire of finishing what they started, and they will also become less fearful of obstacles because of good qualities that develop: confidence, respect, concentration, humility, and perseverance. And with consistent practice at a place like Choe’s HapKiDo, students aspire to be great leaders.