Thank you Arnold!
Edit: and a great 5 star review from Josh Fiebig - thanks Josh!
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And the answer is: "You don't."We have plenty of students who train in our non-grading classes - in particular my Chinese arts class. There we don't have any gradings at all. I teach certain techniques and coach students in developing their skill in these techniques. And all of this is done without any reference to a particular physical "standard" or goal - other than the general aim of helping the student feel mentally and physically healthier - creating a more positive, active lifestyle.
"Do you do skipping?" he asked.He had a very good point. We spent some more time talking about the necessity for fitness: how the average person training in a boxing gym (even the so-called "white collar" boxers) are far fitter than the average suburban karate/taekwondo/jujutsu/gongfu practitioners, some of whom spend virtually no time raising a sweat during training.
"Yes," I replied.
"Good. I see too many 'martial artists' out there who can't jump rope. Or run a block. Or punch a bag for more than 30 seconds. They might be some kind of 'artists' but they sure as heck ain't 'martial'."
So what are our benchmark exercises?As foreshadowed, we test chest and (pushing) arm strength and endurance using your own body weight via push ups. Since women and men typically have a different ratio of muscle to fat, women are permitted to have their knees on the floor. The requirement starts low and peaks at 50 for shodan (1st dan black belt). It stays there until godan (5th dan). Otherwise it's embarrassing (and pointless) to have a 30 year old 3rd or 4th dan who can't do 5 push ups (never mind 50). What the heck is that?
In other words, you have to prepare to face combinations.
I never assume there will be one attack and only one attack.