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Every student who passes their rank test to red belt is asked to give a brief speech. It can be on any topic - advice to up-and-coming students, memories, reflections, anything that has meant something to them in their martial arts journey. This is a public statement of those things at a student’s last rank test in the dojo. Their next step, the black belt test, will be held on the mountain, and then it’s just you, sensei and the mountain!
Those who test for a junior black belt (under age 16) or adult black belt are required to give a speech after their black belt test, at the black belt tea ceremony. The essays they read are meant to give these new black belts a platform to reflect on their journey, advise future black belts, and share their thoughts.