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Yellow belt test run thru

I just did a yellow belt test run thru on the racquetball court at LA Fitness.  75% effort.  It went very well.  I need to take another look at the ends of the movement pattern to see if the only angled movement occurs at the every end (of Heian Shodan) and examine what follows the Tettsui Uchi. I think I’ll film this on the racquetball court.

Nov 7 2017 Sample Belt Test – 8th Kyu Yellow – Filming and Practice Guide

It’s coming together but I still am not 100%.  
I’m not predicting the next group of moves that we demonstrate.
Heian shodan-need to work on Renoji dachi.
I need to go slower than this video.
I need to be able to do the whole thing myself (w/o watching the video).


I need to make an errors page to help out the Senseis.  
I got an extra day/week at a home health job.  That’ll pay for the gi & shoes & the donation to GMAU I keep meaning to make.
The laminated test printout is terrific.  I’ll definitely do that from now on.
I still need to watch the partner videos slower and analyze them.
I got a huge roll of paper from a photographer.  He’d used them for backdrops and had gobs of the things.  I’ll put the test order on it in big marker.
Place to test:
In the racquetball court at the gym:  Excellent lighting, huge open space, walls to hang up (tape up the order of the test/requirements), nice looking wood floor with floor boards, distraction-free background, good acoustics, at the gym, room for a tripod, solitary.

Belt Test Practice for the week of Sept 24, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2017

I printed out a copy of the exam criteria and had the print laminated-wow, what a great idea!  I’ll do this from now on!  I keep it in my car and carry it with me to work, to the gym, etc.  I’ve practiced for the exam at work, at the gym on the aerobics floor and in the racquetball courts, and even at night outside in a parking lot.  SUPER handy.

I have found that breaking down the exam into thirds seems to be very helpful. 

I watched ‘Sample Belt Test 8th Kyu Yellow Filming and Practice Guide’

Shotokan Karate notes
Testing video thoughts
4/27/17 1:28 am
I am watching a video, my first, on the website. The video I chose is the yellow belt testing video. Seems to be a good idea-see what is expected, what is the goal. The video communicates what is expected of the demonstration as well as camera position, communication, and continuity of filming. The video is called: ‘Sample Belt Test – 8th Kyu Yellow – Filming and Practice Guide’

Hey-I can’t download this with ‘Real Player’. I thought we could download them. This isn’t going to work if I can’t have the videos be portable.

The following thoughts come to my mind (I am halfway thru):
1. I notice that there are a lot of Japanese vocabulary words. I’ll make a Quizlet site/flashcards. There’s probably frequently used vocabulary words interchanged. Ie: ‘kick’ is tagged on to the words for ‘snap’, ‘back’, ‘front’, ‘walking’, ‘swinging’, etc.
2. There are (or at least I need to clarify & be able to recognize)
Standing punches
Standing kicks
High punches
Low punches
High kicks
Low kicks
High blocks
Low blocks
Foot position
Foot movement tracks/tracking/paths

3. Maybe I’ll start with what ‘catches on’ to me easiest/is easier for me to comprehend from the get-go.   Then I’ll build from there. 
4. Maybe I’ll start with standing still of the body with arm or leg movements, rather than walking and moving.
5. One arm is doing something and the other arm is doing something else (simultaneously).
6. Some movements occur while moving forward, some movements occur while moving backwards.
7. Maybe I should learn blocking first-to protect myself.
8. Although the Instructor is demonstrating the movements while only moving say, 4 or 5 steps forwards and back, I think I’m going to need to take many steps-do each movement as I walk across a large room.
9. I need to review Japanes numbers/counting.
10.  I need to make one page of this blog site dedicated to vocabulary.

This looks much more involved than I ever realized-and this is just at the white belt level.
Adam Bein
4/27/17 01:50 am