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Linda joined the dojo about five months after I did. For a while I resented her because she got to be the New Kid and get all the attention. I got over that. I have welcomed every new student since.
She doesn't train as consistently as most of us so is still a fifth kyu but doesn't give a damn about rank, and then had a terrible accident a year ago so lost lots of mat time, but recovered & returned in half the time her surgeon thought it would take.
Anyway, we were on the phone just now about some modeling work (how many dojos have Three professional nude models in their membership?) and I was moaning about my test and she told me she thinks I look great, ESPECIALLY my jiyuwaza. Now this girl is an extremely visual learner so she knows exactly what to look for. Of course, she see my best work After Sensei has stopped me & given me the same corrections he Always gives me, which leads me to believe that He wants to see that Without correction. but still, it was a very lovely compliment and made me feel better about missing class last night.