Some of you will spend the build up to your Black Belt test worrying as a sick feeling in your stomach accompanies your sleepless nights. You will find yourself snapping at friends, intolerant to others and damn right moody. Eating is a distant memory and the urge to be anywhere but here will grip you. You have just entered the last few days of your build up to your Dan grading. How do I know you feel like this? Because I have been there on many occasions. I have had that day when nothing but your test seems to occupy your mind and everything else is put on hold, so don’t worry, you are not alone in this and neither are you the first (or indeed the last) to experience it.
You may feel the day has crept up on you like a thief in the night: it hasn’t. This day began many years ago when you first entertained the thought of taking up a Martial Art. This day grew as you took your first nervous step inside a dojo and this day made itself known to you after your first grading, that elusive yellow belt. Sometimes you said goodbye to this day and was glad to do so, only to have it return sometime later knocking on your conscious and demanding to be let back in.