Just like in other self-defense systems, Krav Maga has different belts (or levels) that identify you based on your experience and training. With each belt, you gain the ability to learn more advanced techniques/defenses. In Krav, the belt system is no belt, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, and so on. You don’t get a belt for just showing up for an hour long test or class. In Krav, you have to seriously work for it. We’re talking tests that last for days. Literally.
No seriously, I’m not kidding.
Chris and I talked to B and his son after class last week about the belt test they just took (and passed) a few weekends ago. “It was the hardest thing I’ve physically ever done,” he said. Yikes! That’s intense coming from a guy who is solid muscle.
The review was between six and seven hours long and then the test was another two solid hours. 100%. Non-stop. Full speed ahead. I’m thinking of taking the test at the beginning of November and I’m terrified.
With other kinds of tests, you’ll usually hear one or two people say “Oh, that was easy…” But I have heard NO ONE say that. Everyone has been worn smooth out.
Which makes me think I need to start preparing now. So, here’s my plan:
- I’m going to start running and working out with Chris on the days we don’t go to Krav.
- I’m going to work up to going to every Level 1 class I can. By the end of October, I will be going to every possible Krav class, including multiple classes per night.
- My birthday is coming up too. So in celebration of that, I’m going to treat myself to a one-on-one session with one of my favorite instructors (that is, if I can afford it).
- A week before the test, I’m going to hit the Krav and Crossfit classes hard.
- Rest up a few days before the test.
I’ve already looked over what we have to know for the test and there’s still a lot I’m not 100% on, but that’s why I’m going to train like it’s going out of style.
As far as nutrition goes, I’m already pretty good about what I eat. Over the next month, I’m going to try extra hard to consume less sodium, refined sugars, fried anything, etc. Drink lots more water. And eat lots more fruits and veggies (which shouldn’t be too hard, because I’m already a vegetarian.)
Any thoughts on this plan? What helped you guys prepare for your belt tests?