It’s been 6 months since I tested for my black belt and I feel like I’m finally managing “black belt hell” as they call it.
I’m pretty proud that I’ve learned almost all of the 10 required forms and that I can actually remember them in addition to all of my lower belt material. I’ve been hitting practice fairly hard — going to the morning classes three times a week and practicing at home on the weekends when I’m unable to make Saturday black belt classes, which has been often lately.
I know I have time to learn all of these forms, but I like to learn as much as I can early enough so I have time to practice and perfect, rather than cramming close to the test. Call me an overachiever I guess.
Or maybe it’s just that I love the material. It’s incredibly challenging — both physically and mentally — and the more I work at it the more natural I feel. I love the tiger forms — I feel much more natural with tiger moves than any of the others I have learned. And I even love the spear, with which I am finally feeling more comfortable. I know it will take me many more months to actually execute the moves more fluidly.