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Creation Date: 06-08-2009 02:55 PM
Linda Eskin
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My path to and through Aikido. Observations on Aikido, horses, & life, by a 52 y/o 1st kyu.

This same blog (with photos and a few additional trivial posts, but without comments) can be found at www.grabmywrist.com.

I train with Dave Goldberg Sensei, at Aikido of San Diego.
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  #19 New 09-19-2009 10:42 PM
I had my exam for 6th kyu this morning. You can see the whole thing on video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZR4eKhpRXE Commentary and feedback are invited, of course. (This is the same video I posted on Facebook, in case you've already seen it there.)

At our dojo (www.aikidosd.com) we start as unranked. The first test is for 6th kyu.

The exam covered:
- Ukemi: forward & back roll
- Katate-dori: tai no henko, shihonage (omote & ura)
- Shomen-uchi: tenkan & irimi, ikkyo (omote & ura)
- Jiyuwaza: grabs
- Suwariwaza: kokyu dosa

What I've been telling my non-Aikidoka friends is that this test is a little like graduating from kindergarten. I had to show that I basically know my colors and can tie my own shoes. Simple stuff, but hard for a beginner to master.

Most of the feedback I got was very positive. There were a few hiccups:
- I was mentally off-kilter from having just run back from the restroom (there had been a line). Everyone was already seated on the mat, and my exam was first. So it was run back, sit down, get up, go!
- I was winded from rushing, and it took a few minutes to recover from that at the start.
- I got dizzy/spaced from rolling, so blew my first hanmi (for the shomen-uchi tenkan), and then almost fell over. (D'oh!)
- I was not expecting to have to do shikko (knee walking), so I had no idea why Sensei was asking me if my knees were injured. I think that was my only real deer-in-the-headlights, "duh" moment. I had never tried it on the mat (only once at home), but got through it OK.
- Sensei pointed out afterward that my kokyu-dosa (suwariwaza) could be bigger, with better extension.
Overall I'm very happy. Naturally I wanted to nail every last detail, but I did OK, and didn't embarrass my teachers. I'll take it.

I had a great time preparing for the exam, and was lucky to work with a very capable mentor. I have never felt so much on the receiving end of the "it takes a village" (to raise a child) concept. In addition to learning from Dave Goldberg Sensei and the other instructors, I have learned from nearly everyone in my dojo, and from others as well. Maybe I can start helping others along now and then (on simple stuff, for the moment).

Now that I have been through the testing process once, I'll be paying attention in a slightly different way in class now (and likely taking notes after classes). And I'll certainly be paying more attention to the names of each technique.

Having achieved this little first step, one of my next goals (in addition to working toward 5th kyu, and getting in better physical shape, of course) is to begin to explore applying what I'm learning in Aikido to my riding and other work with my horse. I'll be posting those adventures here, too.

Many thanks for the ongoing encouragement.
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#10 09-24-2009 08:28 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
Thanks Andre. You're right, that was horrible. It wasn't even an attempt, really, I was just trying to get from point A to point B. We've never even worked on it in class, and my mentor and I thought it wasn't required on the exam. I apologized to Sensei for my deer-in-the-headlights look, about that. He assured me it's not the first time he's seen that look. LOL
#9 09-24-2009 10:59 AM
andrejbauer Says:
Sensei asked you to knee walk at the end because just before kokyu dosa, when you and your partner got closer together, you did a rather miserable knee walk. Have a look! Otherwise, a very fine test, congratulations. I am still amazed you people do jiyuwaza on 6th kyu.
#8 09-22-2009 09:42 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Thanks, Darryl. :-) A tip: Do a full-speed dress rehearsal of the whole thing before your test. We did one, except I think we paused after the rolls to talk about where we'd be standing, or something. So I wasn't so dizzy during practice, and that caught me during the real exam. Like they say in the military "Train like you fight, and fight like you train." Make practice as real as you can. And relax, smile, breathe, and have fun.
#7 09-22-2009 12:14 AM
Nice job Linda, ... I'll have it on standby when it comes time for my 6th Kyu grading..
#6 09-21-2009 10:59 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
Thanks, y'all. I'm really glad Michael (my husband) videoed the whole test. It's great feedback to see some places I can work on improving. I hate seeing the mistakes, but it gives me something to strive for at 5th kyu (in addition to knowing a whole lot more techniques, of course).
#5 09-21-2009 05:25 PM
Way to go Linda! Thx for sharing your test with us. Keep it up!
#4 09-21-2009 10:57 AM
ninjaqutie Says:
I watched your video last night and my husband asked "Who are you watching?" haha... so I had to tell him about you on aikiweb.
#3 09-21-2009 01:57 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Thanks both of you. :-) It was fun, really (in a mildly terrifying kind of way). I'm looking forward to whatever's next!
#2 09-20-2009 11:09 PM
ninjaqutie Says:
Congrats. I know you have been working hard.
#1 09-20-2009 07:56 PM
tim evans Says:
Linda that was awesome congrats on 6th kyu. This breathing thing were gonna have to remember in aikido. lucky thing I didn,t get to dizzy.CONGRATS
 




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