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The Life and Times of Chiburi Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 12-14-2005 11:48 PM
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In General Shodan Test Tommorow Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #2 New 12-15-2005 11:18 PM
So my Shodan test is tommorow. It's hard to believe.
I've been training in Aikido for the last twelve years. I've been out of town with my family for the last four years during testing time. Sensei finally got annoyed and said he would test me early.
I look back now, and remember all of the promices I made along the way.
Like the time I went to a seminar taught by a lady Master. She had really long blonde hair pulled back in a tight braid that would snap around in arcs when she did techniques. I promiced I wouldn't cut my hair until after my Shodan test, so I could wear my hair in a long braid like her. I haven't cut my hair short since that seminar, and it's the same length hers was.
Another time was when a fellow student took his own Shodan test. This was years ago. His name was Mr. Futicawa, or along those lines. He was moving to Hawaii (I think), so Sensei graded him in a shorter time period. Anyway, after his test, he came up to me, and gave me his hakama. I promiced I would wear it for my test. I have it folded up ready for tomorrow nights test.
I'm...I feel...excited?
I know I'm ready, logically, I know all of my techniques. But I'm nervouse, and excited, and anticipating...and nothing. There are periods when I don't feel anything about it, just...that I will do it. Like a reflex...mushin?
I'm a little scared at the prospect of yonningake, but I think I can do it. I was able to do it a year ago, but I haven't been able to practice it recently. Shodan yonningake will be on the fly.
So I guess I just need to remember to keep my back straight, and keep uke in the air, and if all else fails, turn.
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RSS Feed 2 Responses to "Shodan Test Tommorow"
#2 12-16-2005 06:40 AM
MM Says:
Best of luck!
#1 12-16-2005 05:10 AM
UnholyFracas Says:
good luck. Not that you sound like you need it! you seem to have both the Aikido and the talismans in place.

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