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Old 06-24-2008, 09:19 AM   #15
John Ruhl
Dojo: Cleveland Aikikai
Location: Cleveland, OH
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 39
Re: Do you test like this?

Not about formality, but about the test... I watched only the first half of the video. The whole time I couldn't stop wondering what was going on with uke's other hand; ie, when attacking with the right, the left hand was dead and huge openings seemed to be there for popping nage.

So, I have two questions:

1. when huge openings are present in dan tests, do folks always ignore them out of courtesy for the person testing? After all, presumably the testing panel notices.

2. what was it about nage's movement/action/technique that was leaving those openings there? (Or, am I off base? I don't mean to be overly critical of the person testing... I'd just like to learn something from it.)

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