Afterwards my sensei said that by half way through the grading, he had decided to only award us black tips (kind of like a half-way mark to the next belt).
But we rallied, somehow, and dug deep enough to scrape through to our orange belt!
So I have a mixture of pride that I did it, and disappointment because I know I could have done better - but regardless, I have my orange belt!!
I have at least 12 months to prepare for my next belt - so I need to practice enough to transfer the knowledge from my head to my muscle memory. Obviously it doesn't stay in the head under pressure :)
|I love this photo - this was before round 3 of 4 of 'back-to-back' ground fighting, with about 5 minutes to go of our hour long grading. We all look completely and utterly exhausted!|
|I did it!!|