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I graded, I graded, I graded today! it's a good feeling to have reached this stage.
My poor uke didn't get a break and had to uke for me the whole way through and I suspect it went on for a good half hour or 45 mins or more (it's hard to tell when you're up there). Poor chap. I really do need to buy him a drink. I thought the sensei would give the ukes a break by bringing on a fresh set but turned out he was saving the ukes for the later gradings where they were needed even more.
It was really spectactular watching soooo many senior dan grades grade that day. The 8 person panel of examiners turned into a 3 person panel as the rest of them came down onto the mat grading for sandan to yondan. And before that a bunch had graded for sandan and for nidan. There were so many of them they couldn't all be on the mat at the same time and were tested in batches of 4. The multiple attacks with weapons as always were the most spectacular sessions. I was wondering how the ukes all felt cos the mat got pretty crowded and although the senior dan ranks all usually have excellent control, still, there's always the danger of rolling into another uke under the circumstances.
I'm glad I was a part of this grading. It just felt good to be a part of the party. And to see all my seniors go out there and give their best. Gambatte !