(This is part two of a four part series on my black belt test. For part one, go here.)
Saturday morning wake-up came much too early. Mostly because it took me so long to wind down from the Friday night session that I didn't get to sleep until almost 11 and then my alarm went off at 3:45. I had decided I would treat this just like I would a distance run and hydrate and fuel accordingly. I got up and had some coffee then around 4:30 forced a bowl of oatmeal as well as 16 oz. of Nuun water down my throat. At the time, I had no idea, just how smart this would be.
When we were all once again assembled, the Shihan told us that we should be back by 1:00 for photos and as soon as we had our picture taken we were to put on full sparring gear.
My team then assembled for a quick meeting to discuss what we would do for our show that afternoon. We also did about a 2 minute rehearsal so we could figure out how we would rotate our karate and Muay Thai candidates back and forth.