Guess I should mention that I too passed the level 1 test.
I don't have any idea HOW I did, but I did.
I can tell you how my stress manifested during my testing, I sped up.
I was going light speed through the form. I didn't even realize it until I was finished and had a moment to look at my fellow rankers.
I was finished with the form, they were all just starting section 3!!!!
I was told that my form was fairly accurate, just really really fast.
It didn't seem that way to me at the time, but I certainly was going way too quickly.
I have since slowed WAY down. All of my fellow students have remarked on how much more slowly I do the form now.
I guess I made up my mind after my faster than light testing to enjoy the journey more now, rather than reach for the goal line.
So if I've learned that much from the experience, I got something important.
As for the martial...
I don't really worry about that too much. I learned quite a bit of the martial aspects previously, true, but we learn the martial intent for the forms as we learn the forms. So I don't see any real lack in that area.
I've certainly gotten enough of the martial aspects from form training and push hands to know that I could apply that aspect of the art if required.
I think it's foolish to suggest a "lessening" or "watering down" of the martial aspects of TCC by this group. No one who has trained with any of the Center Directors would believe that for a moment.
Is it emphasized heavily? No. Why should it be?
There are many students who never strive to learn the martial aspects. It's just not what they want to do.
However, there are just as many who do and they are given all they can handle of that side of things and then some.
The whole art is there, for anyone who wishes to learn it. From the health to the martial and all points in between.
The Yang family rightly does not push the martial aspects onto anyone who does not wish to learn them. They seem to understand that not everyone wants to be the next worlds greatest boxer and teach accordingly.
Anyone who wants to learn the martial art can do so with a high degree of skill from this cirriculum, so there is no "lessening" of the art.
In fact, that the Yang family is willing to embrace the health and teach it shows just how skilled they are. They are multi-dimensional rather than single minded.
A vast improvement over a school who only trains, or understands, the martial aspects.
Than again, since most people who claim to be teaching TCC as strictly a martial art don't have the first or foggiest notion how to use TCC as a martial art...
Well, 'nuff said, I think, on THAT subject.