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Aiki-Log -- Class #20
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 -- 7:30pm
Finally. Test day. I didn't, however, get to be anyone's uke for testing. Kinda bummed about that, but I'll recover. Instead, I got to sit still for 2 hours and 15 minutes. I'm not so sure if I'll recover from that!
We had 3 people testing for 9th kyu, 4 for 8th (one of which had just finished the 9th kyu test), 2 for 7th, 5 for 6th and 1 for 5th. Next time, John Sensei said he will split the test days so that they will only cover 3 kyu tests per day.
There are still two people that need to test; 1 for 9th kyu (he'll also do 8th) and 1 for 2nd kyu. They were originally going to test the day after everyone else, but things have changed and the schedule got pushed out. I'm not sure what's going to happen when.
Marcus Sensei and John Sensei presided over the testing. I finally got to meet Marcus! I've been trying to meet him since April. Everything went smoothly (the clock was 7 minutes slow -- they didn't replace the battery like they said they would). Everyone did fairly well, some better than others, but overall I'm sure everyone passed.
"DON'T KILL SENSEI!"
There was one person that really wasn't prepared to test. He was taking the 9th kyu test, so he'll pass (you aren't allowed to take you're first test unless Sensei knows you'll pass) but he had a rough time of it. Bokken front strike was the first thing on the test. He was right in front of John Sensei. Unfortunately, he didn't remember to shuffle back to his starting position after each strike. He kept getting closer.
He was poised to cleave John in half when Marcus Sensei spoke up and said "Don't kill Sensei!" He struck to the left side instead (after an apparent moment of indecision ), then moved back to his starting place.
The good news is everyone survived the test day.
Afterward most everyone went to the Moose Preserve for food and drinks. It was a good time, but I didn't get home until 12:30am. I'm tired! /