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Creation Date: 06-08-2009 01:55 PM
Linda Eskin
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My path to and through Aikido. Observations on Aikido, horses, & life, by a 51 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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In Testing 3rd Kyu Test Prep - The Real Story Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #128 New 07-09-2011 01:09 AM
A few days ago I posted a note to myself on preparing for my upcoming 3rd kyu exam. My test is tomorrow morning. Here's how things have really gone:
  • Do laundry and cut your nails two or three days ahead. [check]
  • Go to class on Friday night.
  • Stay after to work out a few questions on some techniques.
  • Pick out a jo and bokken to use, and put them where you can find them on the rack.
  • Decide to burn off some nervous energy and get settled by cleaning a little.
  • Put on music.
  • Sweep the mat, vacuum, wipe down some stuff, clean up cobwebs.
  • Take out the trash and recycling.
  • Check out the jo, and discover a rough spot. Find another one you like better.
  • Decide it's important to remove the years-old "Made in Japan" sticker from the jo.
  • Find the Goo Gone. Remove the sticker goo and create a little clean spot.
  • Decide to clean the whole jo with a damp rag and a little soap.
  • Notice that it's not a slick as it should be. Find weapons repair kit in dojo bag.
  • Oil jo. Run through the first 10 jo suburi just to be sure it still works OK.
  • Close up and go home.
  • Get confused about the start of yon no suburi while driving.
  • Feed cats and donkeys.
  • Review your Giant Spreadsheet of Technique Notes.
  • Try a slow-mo in-motion technique on husband to be sure of how it goes.
  • Set up the coffee maker for morning.
  • Notice that it's late.
  • Decide to wash hair in the morning instead.
  • Write a blog post.
  • Go to bed.
Still working on that whole masakatsu agasu thing...
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RSS Feed 4 Responses to "3rd Kyu Test Prep - The Real Story"
#4 08-08-2011 04:58 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
LOL LinTal! I haven't turned my gi pink yet, but it's one of the things that I stress out over. :-)
#3 08-07-2011 06:07 AM
LinTal Says:
Love it! It's kind of like; find gi, wash gi, iron gi, repair rip in gi, iron repair patch on gi, burn gi, bleach gi, wash gi, discover pink gi, freak out over gi, bleach gi, wash gi...
#2 07-10-2011 07:54 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
Thank you Diana! I'm pretty happy with how it went. Always room for improvement, but I'll take it. :-)
#1 07-09-2011 07:11 AM
Diana Frese Says:
I guess it's six a.m. or so where you are. I wanted to get on the computer in time to wish you an enjoyable and successful test. Third kyu is an important step, but should be fun too. My husband and I have been very busy but I remembered your test
 




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