I tested for 1st degree brown belt a few days ago.
Somehow, it ended up that I did not have to spar for my previous tests. I made up for it with this one, though. There's something very intimidating about sparring the head instructor (with three decades of experience compared to my piddly four years).
Don't worry. With the exception of a few (okay, several) new bruises, I'm none the worse for wear. I'm actually proud of how I did.
I started 3rd brown with three stripes on my belt. One was removed when I tested for 2nd brown and the second was removed when I attained 1st brown. You can see the tape residue marking the stripes that are gone, but not forgotten.
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