Here's a karate belt testing tip you won't come across often. Most testing tips give you specifics on practicing for your test. This belt testing tip is about behavior prior to your test.
Early Testing Board with Masters Allen Sarac and Robert Chaney
Would They Vote For You?
By Jason A. Gordon, 2nd Dan Black Belt
Many Black Belts and Instructors will tell you how to prepare yourself for your test. I'm going to let you in on a secret...
I'm going to tell you how to get the Black Belts and Instructors that grade your test thinking you would make an excellent Black Belt before you even show up: Campaign yourself!
Just like people running for office, you want to get people to vote for you. In this case, you want the votes of the Senior Black Belts and especially Master Sarac. And the way you get those votes is to act like you're already there. You have to "fake it until you make it."
You have been hearing Instructors and other Black Belts tell you how Black Belts work the hardest in class, how they set the example for other students with their behavior and mannerism and how they are the “big brothers” and “big sisters” in the dojo family since you started.
Now is the time to put that to use and show everyone that you are ready to graduate to Black Belt.
To do this, make sure you:
You must do this all the time, even when you've had a bad day or you’re tired. Make sure you are always on your best behavior in and out of class.
Campaigning yourself will get you noticed by Master Sarac and by the Senior Black Belts. It puts points on your test form before the test even starts and it lets us know you have the attitude necessary to be a Song Moo Kwan Black Belt.