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Ben_t_shodan 07-17-2002 03:49 PM

Should you be ready to test?
Should you be ready to test when you do? By that I mean when your sensei says you are going to test, should you feel ready to test. When I tested last I didn't feel ready…..but I passed (so I must have known enough).

My sensei has told me that I will be testing, I don't even feel remotely ready. Not only in technique but in attitude and the philosophical part of aikido.

Thank You

SeiserL 07-18-2002 09:16 AM

I never feel ready to test. I trust my Sensei to tell me when I'm ready. I trust his judgement in Aikido better than my own.

Until again,


rachmass 07-18-2002 09:42 AM

when to test is the teachers call. If the teacher thinks you are ready, then test. If the teacher doesn't think you are ready, then he/she won't ask you to test (unless they are trying to teach you something that way).

Ben_t_shodan 07-21-2002 12:05 AM

Thank you for you help in this subject. I still don't feel ready but I will test. (like I have a choice) :(

Bronson 07-21-2002 12:20 AM

Hey Ben,

If it makes you feel any better I don't feel ready either. In fact every single person who is up for dan testing I've talked to at the dojo doesn't feel ready. We just have to trust sensei's judgement. He wouldn't put us up for it if he didn't think we could do it.

Relax, train in earnest, and do your best. That's all you can do.


To answer your original question; IMO, no you shouldn't feel completely ready to test. A little nervousness is good for us and I think that if you feel 100% prepared then you've waited too long.

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