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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Supreme View Post
    Really? Did you even bother reading? Are you arguing for the sake of arguing? Is that what you're getting from this?
    When you read Crackfox's posts remember his pedantry is milder, but is in the same vein as mine.
    Yes, we could parse it like Crack just did, but that ISN'T what you asked.
    Interesting, I'd have to see more, but it looks like something many of us would agree on.
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    I cannot help but watch that and feel a little envy. That grading would have been awesome to go through. If you had any self-doubt about yourself after that, then there would have to be something wrong with you.

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    That looked like an exhausting but fun process, and like a lot of things that I have experienced in my TKD and Judo training through the years (minus the full contact striking of course). Great stuff.

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    Stopped watching after a few seconds of the weapons stuff, couldn't take it any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilG View Post
    Stopped watching after a few seconds of the weapons stuff, couldn't take it any more.
    You could have just fast forwarded through that. (I fucking hate you kendo snobs)

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    Ignorami is owning this thread.

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    I was sure that they were about to play rock paper scissors at 2:34.

    All in all it looked like the test was a hell of an accomplishment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChenPengFi View Post
    Ignorami is owning this thread.
    Well when you're right you're right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Supreme View Post
    I can't speak for the entire forum but I believe if Bullshido could give some criteria to what a "Black Belt" test might look like I believe this might be it.
    Not having studied any CMA (nor achieved a black belt in anything) I'm can't really comment on what a Kung Fu Black Belt test should entail (nor really any black belt test for that matter).

    However, the following elements tend to reflect my understanding of the Bullshido tenets and would/should form part of any test Bullshido would endorse, if we were miraculously able to avoid Ignorami's prescient conclusion:

    *Testing of conditioning as well as skill.
    *Testing of skills across all ranges of the style.
    *Pressure testing skills with aliveness against capable opponents.
    *Conducted by a suitably and verifiably qualified Instructor.
    Dum spiro, spero.
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    Physical fitness test (work out for an hour before test time; again see video)
    Kicking proficiency
    Striking proficiency
    If it was me planning it, i think the fitness part should be separate and more measurable, like a certain time you need to come down from for a mile run, a certain push up, pullup number etc. Maybe add some crossfit oriented drills (like a combo of burpees sprints and pull ups needed to be done under 3 minutes). I would not do it on the same day, i would do it routinely and for a candidate for a black belt it should be clear what the level should be. He should pass those "tests" a few times a year and keep in good condition the entire year. You could also condition the application by being able to perform a full split and certain specialized physical abilities needed for a black belt.

    The striking proficiency part: I would like to see them punch and kick MT mitts, doing some planned combos, and having a round of improvised combos with some pressure from the holder (he attacks and presents freely). If the holder is one of the evaluatours he can asses the force and focus of the strikes first hand. The guys on the side can evaluate technique, leg work and reaction time to the target or threat presented.
    The sparring part is good, though if you had inter-club competitions, it could be better to give credit for participating and especially winning those matches.
    Bottom line a black belt in kung fu should be someone not to **** with. I guess if you want to make some exceptions for women and youngsters you can compare them to their own demographics.

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