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I got quite drunk last friday night and I came to a realisation that I often have when I'm quite drunk: I can take one hell of a beating, get up, and carry on regardless.
Most of my life has been about taking beatings and just carrying on. So why should 1st kyu be any different? Taking it five times is one hell of a beating, I think I'm uniquely qualified in saying that. I don't even think I'll pass it on my fifth attempt. Or sixth for that matter.
The other realisation I had last friday night is that ultimately I always win. Seven times down, eight times up. The other thing I realised is that I often seemingly act like a cocky, arrogant fuck but in fact it's just that I'm better than most people and I know it and I have a low tolerance for bullshit and my proof of this is that I can say "Go on, tell me I'm wrong" and they can't. I just have the misfortune of growing up in a society that prefers the nice thing over the right thing because the right thing isn't always nice.
So next time when I walk over to take a grading and I see a distinct lack of people to take ukemi I shall organise the grading myself and if I get any cheek or insolent back chat I shall point out that I know how to run a grading they don't and that ergo my rank should automatically be higher than theirs. At the very least the panel should be changed to someone more competant.