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It almost seems like a dream. I can recall bits and pieces, but the whole idea of it all is just…. foggy. Its as if I am trying to recall something that happened after I have fallen and hit my head or passed out. Those moments leading up to and immediately after are always fuzzy.
Thursday three of us were set to test for fourth kyu. Originally, four of us were set to test, but sensei promoted one a couple days prior based on merit. In fact, that person happens to be my hubby. He was promoted to 3rd kyu. I couldn't be happier for him and I know that he really wasn't interested in testing. After a conversation, sensei decided that he could skip testing and bumped him up from 5th kyu to 3rd.
The other three of us weren't so lucky as to skip the testing process, so we showed up Thursday, ready whether we liked it or not. I left the house ten minutes earlier, thinking it would give me more time to calm down, but it turns out I got there the same time as usual. Traffic was determined to make my buffer time disappear altogether.
I changed as quickly as I could and went up to the dojo. My brief moments of solitude were dashed when I realized a couple other people were already in the dojo. I started stretching and just trying to calm my nerves. One of the yudansha came in and jokingly asked me "What are you testing for? 2nd kyu?" I laughed and then mentioned that I was testing for 6th kyu.
Sensei came in shortly after and the yudansha asked sensei if I w
Started Aikido: March 3, 2009
Date 5th kyu obtained: November 5, 2009
Date 4th kyu obtained: December 9, 2010
Number of students tested: 3 (2 males, 1 female)
Number of students passed: 3
Number of uke's utilized: 3 on rotation (I seemed to go through uke's quicker then the others….)
Total hours trained since 5th kyu: 268.5
Total hours trained in Aikido: 418
Total hours trained in Iaido: 109
Total hours trained in Tai Chi: 42
Most hours trained in one week: 7 ˝ (Aikido), 14 (Total)
Most hours trained in one month: 32.9 (Aikido), 41 (Total)
Number of seminars attended: 1
Number of journal entries: 75 (Including this one)
Class this week has been rather interesting. With the influx of new students, things have dropped down a gear or two. Usually, I would prefer things to ramp up for a test, but this time, I find myself enjoying the pace. My theme song for this week is "Slow Ride". Because of that, how can I not take it easy? This lower gear doesn't mean I am taking things any easier. Instead, I find myself focusing on some simple details, such as balance, using my center and really trying to use my hand as a blade of a sword and really activating my wrists. Although I am not really making great headway on either of these, I am becoming more aware of just how little I use or have all of these.
Wednesday, for the second hour of class it was all yudansha again. Well, all except for me. It was a great class. We did some variations of things that I haven't or have rarely done. It was actually nice to do something that did not directly involve techniques on my test. Sure, you could always find some similarities, but they weren't the exact technique or the same variation that is being asked of me. It makes it easier to unwind and just enjoy the moment. We were constantly on the move and it was a great cardio workout. I am certain I burned off the cinnamon-apple donut I ate earlier that day.
Yesterday I had trial, so I was tromping around town in my heels. They are actually quite comfy since I broke them in a while ago, but with my injured foot…. the right foot varied between u