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Creation Date: 05-12-2009 02:24 PM
Notes on observations made after returning to the tatami following a 2 year 7 month absence
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In General Individual ukes - class 8 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #10 New 07-13-2009 08:26 AM
3rd July 2009

One of our prospective 6th kyu students was put through a mock grading towards the end of class. He did ok, except for going too fast through nerves!

It's good that Sensei does this as it lets people know what's expected of them

During the last technique of class (always suwari-waza kokyu-ho), I was partnered with our 2nd kyu student, and he was doing his best to be a slippery fish by wriggling out of my control while on the ground... I knew there had to be a way to control him, so I persevered until I found it Some distant memories of how assorted instructors have shown this technique, combined with how the 2nd kyu was doing this technique with me as uke, supplied the answer. I kept my arms very wide, and moved quickly enough that my centre was overpowering his ability to escape, and lo - one pinned slippery fish
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#2 09-09-2009 08:14 AM
ruthmc Says:
Hi Linda, yes, 6th kyu is the first rank we test for. Sensei is pretty good at doing mock mini-gradings for everyone who will be testing soon, so they get used to the format. As it happened, our two students did really good gradings and both passed Sensei got them to do a little more than they needed to do, so it was also great prep fpr 5th kyu!
#1 07-13-2009 10:00 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
Haha! Nice job with that fish. I like your approach of noticing how they were doing the technique themselves. Good idea about the practice tests, too. Is 6th kyu the first/lowest rank at your dojo? (It is at mine.) I could see a case of stage fright really messing with someone on their first test.

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