Brown Belt Test

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).

1- bowing

 We bowed, signalling the start of our belt test

8 - psyching myself up

I took in a deep breath, trying to psych myself up

2 - disarm

We showed the masters our stickfighting skills

5 - masters

 Supreme Grandmaster Dionisio Canete and Master Erwin Mosqueda watched our every move

3 - more disarm

As we demonstrated our ability to block and disarm

7 - what have i gotten myself into

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

6 - preparing for next round

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

9 - entire class

The entire Los Angeles Doce Pares group

13 - torrance group

Doce Pares Redondo Beach Group

10 - with the masters

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.

12 - bruises

 Belt test souvenirs

 All in all it was an awesome belt test, and I’m happy I survived.

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18 Responses to “Brown Belt Test”

  1. unikorna says:

    wow congrats on your sportive abilities….I always admire a lady who can punch :)…Congrats

  2. Cassie says:

    You rock! Love the photo journal :)

  3. Sia McKye says:

    Any time we test I think there are an abundance of nerves especially when you watch others and think, damn they’re good, or wow, I should have done it that way too. :-)

    I’m glad you challenged yourself for the next level. I loved the pictures! When do you get the results? Or did you get them the same day? Isn’t there a ceremony involved with achieving the next level?

    BTW, I did get your email/invite. Things have been a bit hectic around here. Maybe in July?


  4. So did you pass? Or do you know yet?

  5. mooderino says:

    It’s amazing how fast you’ve progressed. Hope you pass!


  6. mauricem1972 says:

    Those are badges of glory Nutschell! You look very happy.

  7. I can’t wait to find out if you passed, I hope so. I loved the photos. Well done! :)

  8. Ouch, the bumps look painful, but totally worth it, I’m sure:) Great photos… very excited for you.

  9. Julie Luek says:

    This was so fascinating to read and learn about. I’m very impressed by how kick asa you are!!

  10. Julie Luek says:

    Sigh… kick ass. (Auto correct, thank you)

  11. Carina Olsen says:

    Aw, that is amazing 😀 Congrats 😉 Thank you for sharing :) Love the pics!
    Thank you for commenting on my WoW last week. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina’s Books

  12. Donna Martin says:

    Congratulations on what looks like a great testing! When do you find out if you passed?

    Fyi…I sent you a FB message requesting permission to repost one of your archived blog posts on my WRITERLY WISDOM series. Didn’t know if you had a chance to read it?


    Donna L Martin

  13. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell .. I know how much your belts mean to you – so I’m glad you were able to just get on with the testing .. and I’m sure you passed with flying colours – so pleased for you .. and wonderful to see the photos .. congratulations – cheers Hilary

  14. Nut, that is awesome! I could never do it; mostly because of the last pictures (I hate getting hurt.)


    Kathy M.

  15. Nas says:

    Congratulations and well done! I have seen the pics on FB too.

  16. Jeff Hargett says:

    Great pictures of a great event and experience that you’ll treasure forever. Cassie’s right. You definitely rock!

  17. Akoss says:

    Eh!!! Look at you!!!
    You rock lady! :)

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