A Diary of a Black Belt, Part 5

Gary Lee column
21 months later 4th Purple Belt This was the hardest test I have ever been a part of because of the bunkai. All bunkai had to be performed for all Pinan,Teki, and Heian Kata, and then applied. You would start your kata, the board would stop you, you’d be asked to perform bunkai, and then go on. I did five rounds of Bull in the Ring and was a Uki for all the black belts going for higher dan ranks. I believe I was more spent before my basics than I’ve ever been before, because I had to do all the bunkai and Bull in the Ring with the black

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