Took the plunge

Discussion in 'General Taekwondo Discussions' started by Melissa, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Melissa

    Melissa New Member

    Just took my black belt test in South Korea. It was at the Kukkiwon Headquarters in Seoul. The experience was amazing, challenging, and nerve wracking. I feel good about my performance and believe that I passed the test, but I won't find out for nearly a month.
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  2. Tom.D

    Tom.D Active Member

    Congratulations Melissa, I hope you've done well. you must have been relieved when it was all over :D
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  3. Narcsarge

    Narcsarge New Member

    Congratulations! What a wonderful experience for you.
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  4. canadiankyosa

    canadiankyosa Active Member

    :) A dream to go to Korea. N.A. is so far away from too many places for traveling to.
  5. Melissa

    Melissa New Member

    Thank you all. The relief wasn't immediate, but by the time the bus got back to Cheongju, we were all much more relaxed and ready to celebrate the culmination of our efforts on our various steps of our journeys in Taekwondo.
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  6. ssiidd

    ssiidd Active Member

    Congratulations, Melissa. Hope all went well! I would love to go to Korea watch a dan grading some day.
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  7. UK-Student

    UK-Student Active Member

    Well done! Best wishes and fingers crossed!
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  8. Mark 42

    Mark 42 Member

    Well done!
    Remember to change your rank on your profile info ;)
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  9. Melissa

    Melissa New Member

    It is very far to travel, but definitely worth it. I've just been so fortunate to work as an ESL teacher and get an opportunity to see and experience foriegn cultures. Korea has an amazing history that is worth seeing firsthand in their museums. And I can't say enough nice things about the food. Taekwondo training has done a great deal to keep my weight reasonable in the presence of such a varied, spicy, and irresistible cuisine.
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  10. Melody

    Melody Member

    Wonderful news Melissa! Can you share what was included in your testing? My boys will be testing this Saturday!
  11. Foggy

    Foggy Active Member

    Well done! I'm sure you will pass fine!

    If I can't test under FGMR Rhee then this is something I would like to do for my Black Belt.

    If you don't mind me asking, how much did the trip cost? And in what currency?
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  12. Melissa

    Melissa New Member

    The test here is much different than in the US. Actually, a bit too easy. Being raised to consider the American model as standard, I thought I would be asked to exhibit linguistic understanding--for example, counting in the Korean and Sino-Korean model, and reacting to commands with the proper motions--and I sure as heck wanted to break boards.

    However, in Seoul, for a first Dan, all you really have to do is memorize the eight poomse and spar with another red belt taking the test. The most difficult part was keeping as calm as possible and recalling all of the forms.
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  13. Melissa

    Melissa New Member

    Well, that is hard to answer. I am an English teacher here, so my flight was taken care of. The fee for the test was 160,000 won. That is about $160.00.
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  14. Foggy

    Foggy Active Member

    That pretty cheep, how long we're you there for?
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  15. Melissa

    Melissa New Member

    I've been here for a year, and since I resigned, I won't be leaving until June. Most teaching contracts here last one year, and the pay is very competitive and among the best in the ESL market.
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  16. Melody

    Melody Member

    Sorry I'm late coming back into this conversation.....didn't get an alert in my email :(

    Perhaps you may think the test was a bit too easy but your teacher has been observing your performance, attitude, dedication and hard work for awhile. Perhaps this test was simply a formality based upon a predetermined decision of well earned merit :)
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