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A week and a half after he got his surgury my sensei decided to return to the dojo to instruct, not train. I think it was too early but it is not my place to say, although I did say it. I think the biggest reason for his early return was he wants to get me and another ready for testing in June before an inportant high ranking Aikidoka arrives to do a seminar for us. I will be testing for 4th kyu and the other guy will be testing for 2nd kyu. I am quite nervous about the test. I'm sure I'll do fine. I think I am meeting the requirements for qualifiying for my next rank. I have been noticing sensei raising the bar a little more lately, to my delight. I am enjoying the new challenges.
I am looking forward to our seminar in June. The last time "he" was here I learned a lot from him. He is quite highly regarded for his ukemi so I hope to pick up some more pointers from him since I place a great importance on ukemi. My forward rolls are becoming quite fluid and soft. I can do a quite a few of them in succession with no consequence. I would like to work on my ushuro ukemi more. I would also like to do more arobic conditioning exersizes.
Sensei has mentioned that if his knee doesn't heal that he would only be able to take our training so far. Well I think that as I'm only a 5th kyu I have a long time before that becomes an issue. Unless of course he stops teaching due to his injuries. Oh well we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.