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It's been 4 years since my last post. I do ever so rarely come here anymore because of life. It is what it is, but now it's time to reflect.
4 years ago was when I started teaching dance. Since then, I've been coined the name Niko "Suave" and have made myself somewhat popular in the world of salsa, teaching and performing around the US, and in Puerto Rico just a month and a half ago. To see some of my work, partnerships, and involvements, check out youtube. Search Niko "Suave", SalSubZero or Minneapolis Salsa Movement.
With a profession like dance instruction, the time to commit to Aikido training was tougher since most my work is in the evening. It wasn't until my head instructor took seriously his involvement in my growth and development, that I gave it a chance as well. I've been doing Aikido for 12 years, on and off, A LOT. It was ridiculous how much lack of dedication I had to the actual practice, but every time I come back I'm always told because of my dancing that it's like I haven't missed much. My Ikkyu test was just last April.
What made a huge difference, and in Ki Society, Ikkyu is the exact same test as shodan, but it counts as a pretest for shodan. I spent over 9 months of more intensive training about 10-20 hours a week, and an additional 8 months prior to get back in the groove of commitment to the training.
Let me tell you what happened in my shodan test... it wasn't going so well for me at first, at least that's how I felt. I was failing the ki