First Grading - What to Expect?
Hello fellow martial artists. I am currently a student of Goju Ryu Karate, a form of Karate I quite like so far!
I have been taking it for about three and a half four months now and I have been booked for my first grading and have been preparing for the past week and a half.
It is probably a little silly but I am quite excited to no longer be the lowest rank in the dojo, even though I will be grading before some white belts who joined before me, that is likely because I train quite often and probably a little more often than them. Regardless of this I still felt like the dojo noob until class today where there was a younger lad attending his 3rd class so it will be nice to go up to 9th kyu.
When I ask the Sempai's what its like they say I should do well and that it will be a tough workout and my katas and shadowboxing skills will be tested along with the basic arm movements. Full contact gear is required so I'm sure I'll have to spar a bit as well.
What was your first grading like? Any tips and hints and the like for me and other first time graders?