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The test seems to have gone well, I am officially 2nd kyu. I missed doing my favorite variation two times. I thought, now I get to do my favorite variation, then my brain said, "What would that be?". Needless to say, I couldn't remember the kokyu Ho from Ryote that would have looked great.
The energy of the test was really different with Noel as Uke instead of Rick. This was expected, what was not was how quiet it was. People commented that it was one of the quietest tests that they had ever heard.
Isa thought that the Ryote Dori Shiho Nage was beautiful with Noel and My Hakama making intersecting circles. Maybe I will have to get the video, I was planning on only watching all of the videos once I got to black belt. Worried that I would see myself, feel that I look hokey and worry about that instead of the technique.
So Now I have a brown belt, only one more color change can happen. I hadn't thought that I would be here when I started, but I am here now. Kind of feels a little strange.
Just before my test I was counting the number of people that are my sempie and the number of people that are my Kohi in the dojo. Not to compare myself to anyone, or really concerned about my place in the rank system rather to get an idea of what sensei has said about how our practice changes as we advance in rank. There are 45 people in the dojo that are ranked below me, and 30 that are ranked above me. Some on each end that I have never seen, let alone trained with.
Strange. I still don't feel all that comfortable teaching, or even helping people with their aikido. I do it, but I know that some of my helping is less than accurate.