Training for Black BeltCertificationTraining for Black Belt CertificationBy Martin RaffolYou can accumulate many belts as a karate student, but the black belt requires mastery of numerous forms and intense physical training, making ityour most difficult test to date.You can prepare for your black belt test by starting a training regimen three to four months in advance of your test. Alternate weeks between aerobicand strength training exercises, such as crunches, running, and free weights.Begin each day of exercise with a warm-up period before beginning your moves. You can then run through the forms and moves on which you expectto be tested. Some of your peers are likely preparing for their black belt tests on or around your test date. Consider organizing training sessions whereparticipants can help each other learn difficult moves and engage in sparring sessions.About the AuthorFor the past two years, Martin Raffol has served as the Area Director and Business Broker for Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, one of NorthAmericas most successful brokerage firms. Mr. Raffols responsibilities entail partnering with business owners to increase their companies’ value inpreparation to sell. In his free time, Martin Raffol studies karate. He earned his black belt from Fred Villaris studio.