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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General Nikyu, here I come. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #208 New 07-05-2006 02:29 PM
Well, it's going to be a hectic month. When I think about it, it's amazing that I'm still finding the time to get out to class five times a week. Aside from the usual work (crazy time of year for Admissions) and working out (I've been making noticeable gains in the strength area --- yay me), I just moved to a new apartment (which we're also repainting), my volunteer work is getting more and more involved (Ai-Kon is in just a few weeks) and I'm getting married the week after. I guess it just goes to show how much training has become a solid part of my life...I don't even think about the rest of it, really. Mat time is just mat time. The rest of my life just doesn't exist in those moments. Funny how that happens after a while.

Did I mention that I'm testing for Nikyu on Saturday? *sarcastic laugh* Time flies. I really thought it would be further down the road. Go figure. Well, I'm as ready as I'll ever be. I'm not even as nervous about it as I used to be. No last-minute cramming this time at all...it must be all the practice, or fatigue, or both. I don't know whether to describe how I feel as apathy (regarding significance, or lack thereof, of rank) or some bizarre form of confidence I'd never imagined before. All I know is that I'm sick of test techniques day in, day out. I want to get back to the practical stuff. The Tanto waza, the close-quarters stuff. The stuff that counts. The stuff that can't be measured by rank. The real stuff. I miss it so badly, I can taste it.
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#2 07-10-2006 11:27 AM
jducusin Says:
Thanks, Kelly! It sure will be a hectic month --- second time's the charm. :-) Yup, Sensei can test up to Ikkyu, which really helps those students who can't always find the time or funds to go to many seminars. It was just last Saturday --- everyone did great and passed.
#1 07-08-2006 09:54 PM
Kelly Allen Says:
Testing! Does that mean Sensei has the OK from Kawahara to test kyu ranks? Or have you all headed to Saskatoon this weekend? BTW Congratulations on your engagment and upcoming marrige!

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