Re: 6th kyu
My dojo also uses six kyus.
I'm testing for my 6th kyu in about five weeks and am apprehensive
as I'd like to get on the board so to speak.
I'm fortunate to belong to a dojo with plenty of yudansha and high ranking mudansha that can help me with training.
I've been practicing aikido for eight months and only now feel oriented and kind of feel like I know my way around the mat just a little bit.
Aikido is like anything else, the more one learns, the deeper aspects of the art become apparent and sometimes I feel out of my depth when doing the more advanced techniques. I feel like a babe learning to walk all over again.
Hopefully on Sept 10, I'll no longer be "kyuless"