Last Sunday, June 9th, I took another belt test. It was a very special belt test because I was testing for Brown Belt. If I pass, it means I’m only three levels away from reaching Black Belt.
The belt test was doubly special because Supreme Grandmaster Dionisio Canete was in attendance. Supreme Grandmaster Diony Canete is the president and head of the Doce Pares Escrima schools all over the world and the belt test that weekend was one of the last events he would be attending, as he is planning to retire soon.
Anyway, here’s what happened as told in pictures (and a few words).
We bowed, signalling the start of our belt test
I took in a deep breath, trying to psych myself up
We showed the masters our stickfighting skills
Supreme Grandmaster Dionisio Canete and Master Erwin Mosqueda watched our every move
As we demonstrated our ability to block and disarm
Halfway through the test, I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into
But there was no time for rest, as we proceeded to the next part of the test: Knife drills
After showcasing our forms, the masters called us all in to fall back in line. We were invited to ask Supreme Grandmaster Diony Canete and the other masters questions.
Higher Belts were asked to do demonstration. Here’s a demonstration by the Brown 1 Belts – a trio of kick ass girls:
We were finally dismissed, and as usual we all posed for pictures
The entire Los Angeles Doce Pares group
Doce Pares Redondo Beach Group
Myself with Masters Gerald Canete, Val Pableo, Erwin Mosqueda
and Supreme Grandmaster Dionisio Canete
Later on I discovered some souvenirs from my belt test: 3 bruised knuckles and a few other bruises on my arms.
Belt test souvenirs
All in all it was an awesome belt test, and I’m happy I survived.
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