Over the past 6 years, I have taken Martial Arts. I started Hapkido when I was in Cleveland and when I got to Brown Belt(probably about 12 mos. before Black Belt) we had to move due to a job. I started taking Tae Kwon Do in May of 1998. I just finished my Black Belt exam and got my black belt today. It was a pretty tough exam and about 4 hours long. To prepare for it, we(there were 3 of us) started with a sprint workout(about 3 miles total) in Sept.(I actually started in July). This was our routine for the past 3 mos. Mon: Cardio-Kickboxing 1 hour, class 1 hour Tue: 3 mile run under 27 min. Wed: Cardio-Kickboxing 1 hour, class 1 hour Thu: 3 mile run under 27 min. Fri: Rest, recuperate Sat: 3 mile sprint workout(400 meters alternating with 200m) Cardio-Kickboxing 1 hour, Class 1 hour. Sun: Rest. Despite all this preparation, it was still tough. Harder because I'm 35. So anyways, fyi and I welcome any comments.