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Green Belt Test: Now You Can Play Along at Home!

July 29th, 2011 (04:11 pm)
nervous

current mood: nervous

Here are the questions and answers I'm supposed to have memorized by this evening, for my test to become a green belt in Tae Kwon Do. Of course, the memorization is in addition to the forms and techniques I have to do. I think I'm pretty well prepared this time. But last time I got so nervous I forgot everything as soon as I arrived at the do jang. I wish I could do the test in writing. I always do better in writing.

Take a deep breath.... OK. Now I'm going to type in the questions and then answer them from memory.


Q: HOW DO YOU MAKE POWER?

Power is made by weight and speed together with relaxation, concentration, and confidence, SIR!


Q: WHERE ARE THE THREE ATTACK POINTS WHEN YOU PUNCH OR KICK? (In English and Korean)

High section - In Joong
Middle section - Myung Chi
Low section - Dan Jun, SIR!


Q: WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT COLORED BELTS?

The increase in knowledge and skill is symbolized by the darkness of the colors in the belts as one advances, SIR!


Q: HOW DO YOU SAY, "HOW ARE YOU?" AND "GOODBYE" TO SOMEONE WHO IS STAYING, AND "GOODBYE" TO SOMEONE WHO IS LEAVING, IN KOREAN?

Ahn Nyung Ha Sim Nee Ka (How are you?)
Ahn Nyung Hee Kai Sheep See Yo (Goodbye to someone staying)
Ahn Nyung Hee Ka Sheep See Yo (Goodbye to someone leaving), SIR!

Comments

Posted by: Tim W. Burke (timwb)
Posted at: July 30th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)

Very cool! Keep at it, Cathy!

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: July 30th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)

Thank you for the encouragement! I SO need it. I remembered all of these questions and answers and responded correctly (even though the TKD master asked me all the KOREAN-language questions and asked the other green belt candidate all the English-language questions). I suspect that my form was lousy on most of the performance-based tests, but I think he realized that I actually know the moves but was so nervous about being tested that I could hardly breathe, let alone peform complicated physical maneuvers with proper technique. Anyway, I did get the green belt! I just wish I could control my nerves during these things. Or maybe I should just wish that I had some tiny amount of athletic ability, so that maybe I wouldn't get so overwhelmingly nervous about it in the first place.

Posted by: Tim W. Burke (timwb)
Posted at: July 30th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)

It's natural to be nervous. Nervous does NOT mean "failure". Nerves get your adrenaline going and keeps your eye on detail. Allow yourself to be nervous. Talk with your teacher about that.

And you must have some ability because you are now a green belt. I imagine you will keep surprising yourself. The important thing, of course, is to have fun.

Congratulations again!

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