The first step for a student and his or her family is to realize that it is very important to ask to be tested. In the same vein, do not ask for the results of a test that was taken – you will be told in time. When a student is seen to be ready to attempt the challenge of a test, he or she will be informed of the opportunity and then must decide whether or not to participate.
Should the student decide to take on this physical and mental challenge, he/she must focus and try hard to polish their movements with extra practice. The higher the rank testing for, the more that is expected of the participating student. Not only should the movements be done correctly, but more important to advancement, stances must be low, strikes must have proper power and relaxed balance is crucial.
On the mental side, one should be very focused on what is needed for the test and be aware of any distractions that might take away from performing at the highest level. If on or near the date of an exam there are extra pressures with school or work of conflicting social schedules, the student might consider possibly putting off the test until he/she can confidently bring both physical and mental abilities to bear on the task at hand. Testing is not designed only to test a student’s physical abilities, but also how he would act under stressful conditions.
Failure is not designed merely by the outcome of an exam, but rather by the individual’s understanding that he must always try to improve and always be willing to learn from his/her mistakes. In martial training, as in everyone’s life, challenges never end and failure is decided by the person and not by the challenge. Little is learned through easy victory, but much can be learned through temporary defeat.