- Ilya Bruklich 4th Dan
After a while, testing for another rank, to somebody who likes martial arts, takes on a different meaning. It is nice, of course, to be, to some degree, acknowledged. It is very much appreciated to be told by Mr. Kim that you deserve it. But there is no more flashiness to it ( if there ever was), no need to prove anything to anybody – it is life taking its course, and you do what you love, and if you do it long enough and put your heart in to it – promotion tests do happen once in a while. And you take the opportunity, if offered. This one wasn’t easy, especially the research part of it, but, with the help of people around me, I survived. I’d like to thank everybody who consciously helped me, and everybody I made a subject of a study – thank you. Now, back to work.