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Before children's class started the deshi and I went over my test techniques. He urged me to learn 3rd kyu as well. Sensei likes to mix it up a bit apparently. A nidan whose son is in the children's class said that I was going to be the most prepared aikidoka in the history of testing.
As the children arrived we played with them, tossing a beach ball around while they tried to get it away from us. It was the first time in my life that I could hold a ball over my head out of the reach of anyone…being the shorty that I am!
When do children learn the difference between right and…left? It seems like I spent an inordinate amount of time last night telling them to switch their feet or hands. And it was even more…fun…when we did a cross hand technique. At least I didn't have to tie a single belt back on which is another thing we have to do quite a bit. They weren't as well behaved as last Saturday. Two of them had to sit in the corner for a while. But we were still able to go through all their test techniques and had time for a couple of games at the end of class…suwari waza tag and bunny hop wars.
After the women's class the shodan instructor and I went over my test. She did a couple of things differently from the deshi, so now I'm wondering which way to follow for my test. They have both said that what they showed me is what Sensei is looking for. Great.
I'm going to take the night off tonight. I'm feeling a little bit worn out, thus ripe for an injury. I get a little paranoid about that around test time. I think I'll read the rest of Aikido Shugyo this evening. That's still training...right?