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    Default Insomniac's corner

    Here's the thread to contribute the things in Kenpo you've lost sleep on.

    Before each test, I panic about the verbal. I know the physical parts, but trying to remember, sort out, and answer my instructors' questions always makes me lose sleep.

    Any contributions or advice would be appreciated.
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    What is it about the verbal portion of your tests that bothers you? It's Wade isn't it. He gets inside your head and screws with your mind! LOL.
    "It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence." Charles A. Beard

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    You have verbal requirements? I can see how that would make folks nervous...

    Do you need to explain techniques, or history or what?
    The above is just my opinion.

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    I love the verbal part... but then again I was a theater major.. I get all dramatic... heheheh it's like Hamlet does Kenpo .. HAHAAAHAH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianhsuhe
    You have verbal requirements? I can see how that would make folks nervous...

    Do you need to explain techniques, or history or what?
    Principles for the most part. Define, explain, demonstrate.

    Beginner advanced yellows have to recite the creed and objectives as well.

    Do other schools not test on the principles? We have certain ones required for each belt level.
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    Okay, Eraserhead... Do you go into monologues on your tests?
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    I love the verbal part... but then again I was a theater major.. I get all dramatic... heheheh it's like Hamlet does Kenpo .. HAHAAAHAH
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    For each belt level we have the mental 'stuff'- being able to recite each rank sayings, Patch Descriptions of our organization (which is very detailed~!), Vocabulary definitions per belt, and of course the tecs and their defenses (in order) also the Equation Formula.

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    This reminds me of a really uncomfortable scene watching a 3rd Black test. My head instructor was asking one of the testing black belts to explain the principles behind certain techniques and he asserted very confidently an explanation. My instructor kept asking him questions suggesting that he didn't understand the principles very well, which just made him squirm all over the place until he finally got them all out correctly. I think we all learned something from that test. Poor guy... he finally got through it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoTess
    For each belt level we have the mental 'stuff'- being able to recite each rank sayings, Patch Descriptions of our organization (which is very detailed~!), Vocabulary definitions per belt, and of course the tecs and their defenses (in order) also the Equation Formula.
    No, thank god, we don't have to do that. I'm feelin' for you on this one.

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    Mr. Conatser makes sure we know our stuff ~!! The memorization gets difficult when life is handing out all sorts of other goings on.. but even though we all grump about it.. the information makes alot of sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoTess
    For each belt level we have the mental 'stuff'- being able to recite each rank sayings, Patch Descriptions of our organization (which is very detailed~!), Vocabulary definitions per belt, and of course the tecs and their defenses (in order) also the Equation Formula.
    Wow, that is some deep stuff lol. Our adults are not required to know sayings or about the patches. THey are just required to know the techniques and forms. On the other hand we have five pledges that we require the children to recite. The Ed Parker Creed being one fo them.
    "To hear is to doubt. To see is to be deceived. But to feel is to believe." -- SGM Ed Parker

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    We have a pledge for each belt that Everyone has to know.
    I need a bigger brain

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    Alas poor Yorick! I knew him well, Horatio.

    sorry, couldn't resist the Hamlet reference.

    The Oral Stuff as y'all put it is to make sure that as your skills grow, so do your mental abilities. Think about it, you had to take a written test and a driving test to get your driver's license.
    Just because you do something one way, does not mean that everyone else does it that way, or that it is even the correct way.

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    We require the students to define, explain, and demonstrate applications of certain principles because we feel the student should know the "why's" behind the techniques. We assert that Kenpo is 50% physical and 50% mental.
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    Yes they do (the EKKS/AKKO). And while you're doing the verbal, they stare you down and have the camera on you whilst your fellow students cringe on the side of the mat when you get something wrong.

    Not really, but man that's what it feels like is happening sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpat01
    Yes they do (the EKKS/AKKO). And while you're doing the verbal, they stare you down and have the camera on you whilst your fellow students cringe on the side of the mat when you get something wrong.

    Not really, but man that's what it feels like is happening sometimes.
    Don't let her fool you. Prior to her last test another student was testing and she was sitting on the side of the matt mouthing the answers. Oh yeah... I saw you.
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    Mouthing??? I think I was feeding him the answers out loud.
    "Second chances they don't never matter, people never change
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    I'm sorry honey, but i'm passing up, now look this way...*" --Paramore "Misery Business"


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    And here I am, yet again. Can't sleep b/c tomorrow night is test night for my Orange Belt. My stomach is doing flips and my mind is racing.
    Today was a frustrating day at work... so much so that I wrote "BREATH" on my wrist in permanant marker. What I found out tonight was that it helped me concentrate while working on my forms. Maybe I should have it tatooed there to help me with the rest of my life.

    Okay - enough rambling. I'm off to lurk.
    "Second chances they don't never matter, people never change
    Once a whore you're nothing more i'm sorry that'll never change
    And about forgiveness, we're both supposed to have exchanged
    I'm sorry honey, but i'm passing up, now look this way...*" --Paramore "Misery Business"


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    Good luck on your test. I'm sure you will do well.

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    Good luck on your test.
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