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Learning by Falling Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 06-29-2005 01:29 PM
From May 12th, 2005 to the present, my experiences with Aikido
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In General I want to test because... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #8 New 07-12-2005 11:00 AM
It's a struggle.

During class last night, the buzz from everyone getting ready for the upcomming testing weekend was palpable. Everyone is sorting themselves out by rank and going over their testing requirements in pairs. It's amazing to watch and feel the dedication of everyone, but I'm kind of confused.

In my head, I know all the techniques for 7th kyu. I can name them all and the tai sabaki for each one is not difficult for me. The ki tests aren't a problem either. But I've never seen a test and I'm not sure that I'm confident to test when it's all eyes on me.

One of the yudansha took me to the side and told me "Look, when you're up there to test, it's all about you. It's your show. Take control of each movement and really feel it."

Normally that's exactly what I do off the mats. I'm a DJ. I live for a crowd. I perform in front of (sometimes) hundreds of people each week and don't ever think twice about it. But DJing isn't physical, at least not in the way Aikido is.

I want to test because...hmm, I don't know that I can finish that sentence.

There's my answer I suppose. If I can't really describe why I want to test, then perhaps I shouldn't be testing yet.

In any case, my two hours on the mats last night ended with some randori demonstrations. Up to that point I'd only seen videos online. Watching a six man randori made me nervous, excited, scared, and awestruck. I could barely see any of the techniques executed, but bodies kept flying out in all directions.

Perhaps someday, with lots of training, I'll be in the center of all that, siezing chaos.
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#1 07-15-2005 03:25 AM
I think we've all felt what you feel. I personally like to test my students when they say they're ready to test. However, I will test them when I feel they are ready. If I ask a student to test, they've already earned the belt. The test is just to display they can do the techniques with some pressure. Now if a student asks to test, then they better be able to prove they deserve it. I assume your dojo is doing mass promotions? I personally hate mass promotions. They seem so superficial to me. What of the students that learn much faster than others? Are they left with a feeling that they had to wait for others to catch up? Is there skill met with the time old statement of "You have to learn patience"? What of the students that learn much slower than others? Are they rewarded by being slow learned by keeping up with their better peers? What of the students that don't believe in testing? Are they forced into testing even though they dont want to? Sorry I am playing Devils Advocate. I have just never believed in the mass promotions, or minimum/maximum time for belts.

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