Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the
world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to
over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a
wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history,
humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.
If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced
features available, you will need to register first. Registration is
absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!
Well my test is done. I passed, not sure how, but I did. I'm now Rokyu. Testing was fun, but surprising. I blanked out for part of the test. Roseberry Shihan had us doing randouri and when it was my turn to be tori I blanked. I kept moving, but I blanked on all technique. When the techniques came back to me I had already done one out of muscle memory, not quite the way it should have been done, but it worked. One of the other students grabbed both of my shoulders and I instincively went into Ikkyo. It must have been good enough because it caught sensei Jamie's attention. In fact that's what we worked on after testing was over. Anyway, when some of the techniques started coming back I couldn't pull any forward throws to my mind, so instead of a lot of forward moving entering I found myself doing a lot of tenkan movements to avoid attacks instead of performing techniques, at least until the right openning presented itself so I could do one of the techniques I could actually remember.
But it's done. I'm exhausted. On top of testing, I play bass in a band, I played that night and the next night, so sleep has been at a minimum and I feel it. I just want to curl up somewhere and sleep until tomorrow. But I know that won't happen so I'll quit dreaming and get back to life!