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aikispike
11-23-2007, 12:28 PM
oh boy. Testing tomorrow...

Spike

Steven
11-23-2007, 02:41 PM
Urology test? Psych test? Prostrate test? Yondan test?

Whatever it is, good luck... Do let us know the results.

Joseph Madden
11-23-2007, 08:21 PM
Testing! Let me tell you about testing.....I'm attempting Nidan and you're only attempting Yondan???? Then again, I'm not testing in front of.....

Ron Tisdale
11-26-2007, 08:00 AM
Best wishes for a safe and good test Spike!

Best,
Ron

xuzen
11-27-2007, 06:50 AM
Urology test? Psych test? Prostrate test? Yondan test?

Whatever it is, good luck... Do let us know the results.

Hoo boy! looking forward to hearing about the result of yer prostrate test. :D

Boon.

Ron Tisdale
11-30-2007, 10:38 AM
Okay, spill the beans, how was it?

Best,
Ron (inquiring minds want to know...)

dbotari
11-30-2007, 03:48 PM
Okay, spill the beans, how was it?

Best,
Ron (inquiring minds want to know...)

I let Michael fill in the details of how it felt etc. All I will say is that everyone including Mike (Spike) performed well and as a result passed their respective tests.

:)

Ron Tisdale
11-30-2007, 03:56 PM
Kool! Any video? I doubt it...never seen a video of a yoshinkan test...I believe it's considered bad form...

B,
R

aikispike
12-03-2007, 04:13 PM
So, it was a yondan test, and yes, I passed - as did the other 5 people taking dan gradings. We had gradings for a shodan, two nidans, a sandans and two yondans. (My dojo is pretty big btw)

I didn't get a lot of feedback, which I see as good. Being old school Japanese, my sensei pretty much only gives you feedback when you have screwed up.

Video and photos are not allowed for tests in our dojo. They were allowed at Honbu though, so this is the first dan grading that I will not be able to relive endlessly. Due to the lack of video evidence to the contrary, this test will likely be my best one ever. (haha)

Spike

Erik Jögimar
12-03-2007, 05:55 PM
congrats :)

Ron Tisdale
12-04-2007, 08:29 AM
Congrats Spike! Continued good fortune with the family, etc...

Best,
Ron

Mato-san
12-05-2007, 10:34 AM
congrats

Nikopol
12-05-2007, 09:03 PM
Congratulations! Tell me how far did they push you in the jiyuwaza?

I'm sure there was quite a puddle of sweat! Could you give us your thoughts before and after?

aikispike
12-07-2007, 12:20 PM
Congratulations! Tell me how far did they push you in the jiyuwaza?

When I was shite it didn't seem to bad - i went first. As uke I started thinking "enough already, I'm gonna die here" after what i thought was the 43rd throw. But apparently, it only felt like the 43rd throw, it was probably more like 12 throws.

I was pretty smoked after the second set of jiyuwaza, and didn't have too much steam for the 2 on 1. (We do two jiyuwaza each, then one 2-on-1) I tried to do techniques that are too long (perhaps cause i was tired) instead of quick ones. Chida Sensei explains techniques for 2-on-1 in terms of the number of moves it takes before you are ready to face your next uke. One move techniques are: slipping by uke, irimi suki, atemi. Two move: kokyunage, some iriminage. Three move and more: kotegaishi, hijiate, and pretty much anything with a pivot. His theory is you should pretty much do only one and two move techniques unless you have lots of time. I did lots of three move, and so was too rushed.

I'm sure there was quite a puddle of sweat! Could you give us your thoughts before and after?

Thoughts before: didn't have too many. I really just wanted to try really hard, do strong clean techniques, and bury uke if the chance was there. (I don't think Warren follows this group...)

Thoughts after: I should have done more work on the weapons components because i was more worried about doing the techniques correctly than I was about doing them really well. That is, I was worried about what I was doing and not what uke was doing - and that's wrong. My next though: it will be a long time before I have to do THIS again. yeah.

Michael

Steven
12-07-2007, 01:34 PM
Thanks for the information on Chida Sensei's thoughts on jiyuwaza. Something to add to the "tool box" for sure.

Congrats again ...

aikispike
12-07-2007, 04:05 PM
Thanks for the information on Chida Sensei's thoughts on jiyuwaza. Something to add to the "tool box" for sure.

There is a video of Chida Sensei from a clinic at Nic Mills' dojo where he gets into it a bit. He doesn't get the full explanation though cause he says something really complicated and the translator doesn't catch it and so he starts on a different topic.

Spike

Nikopol
12-08-2007, 12:22 AM
Thanks again from me too. Firsthand information like this is very helpful. And congrats again. Enjoy the hiatus before your Godan!

Janet Rosen
12-09-2007, 12:11 AM
Hey, Spike! Congratulations!

Karen Wolek
12-09-2007, 01:07 PM
Congrats!