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OK it's not a direct quote, it's more of an implication but even so... I think Sensei was somewhat unnerved by the 2nd kyu's inability to remember Kaitenage from Jodan. Oops! and by 2nd Kyu, I mean myself and two others had no idea, the fourth "just about" got it right and the fifth wasn't actually there.
I don't think it's going quite the way L hoped. Of the five of us who are all hoping to go for the 1st kyu grading in April, the two women involved have been pretty constant but the guys have all been off for quite long periods with work or family or both.
For the main part I'm just concentrating on not letting L panic me, a feat I can manage quite well on my own if I don't get a grip! So far, despite strong self-criticism, I'm quite pleased with my progress but I will have to study the new additions to the syllabus in detail. The two major ones are Koshinagi and Munedori. I'm not even sure which attacks we have to be able to handle into Koshinage.
I can't ask to study something in particular though if I don't know which things we'll actually be doing for the grading... I got the syllabus a fortnight ago and promptly lost it.
Once I have all the syllabus (syllabi?) together it should be easier to go through and see where my weak points are... Shiko is definately still a little wobbly and is at the head of my list of "things I can practice outside class" because I don't need a partner (or a big squashy mat to land on).
Be responsible for your own training.
It's the one concrete thing I can say I learned from work!!