The dojo has two students preparing for dan rank testing in July. During the weeks leading up to black belt testing, I am always asked questions about my testing experiences. I have shared advice on this blog about Preparing for Black Belt Testing. Today, I am going to recommend some things to avoid. :)
1. Ocular Migraine: A few hours before formal testing, I got an ocular migraine. I was seeing flashes of lights and stars. I went home to rest for an hour. I honestly did not think I would even be able to drive back to the testing site. Luckily, the migraine subsided and I was able to test. To this day, it was my first and only ocular migraine.
2. Bunkai partner MIA. It was my turn to demonstrate open hand bunkai. My partner and I practiced for weeks. I looked around the room for my bunkai partner and she was no where to be found. She was in the bathroom! I did not want to make the testing board wait so I asked another person to work with me from the crowd. I will always be grateful to my replacement bunkai partner. :)
3. Scheduling surgery. After my daughter was born I was diagnosed with gall stones. Surgery was recommended but there was no hurry. A few weeks later I was told that I would be testing in a few months. I scheduled surgery two days after testing. :)
4. Short preparation time. Keep training and practicing. You never know when you will get testing notice. I have had anywhere from a year to 5 weeks notice.
5. For female readers only...Does black belt testing always coincide at the worst time? Seriously...
The above list is from my personal testing experience. The good news....despite all the unplanned things that happened...I made it through each of my tests.
I am sure you have more suggestions. Please add to the list!
Best of luck to all those preparing for testing! To the students in our dojo preparing for Nidan and Sandan...keep up the good work!