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Old 04-10-2009, 10:15 PM   #23
Walter Martindale
Location: Cambridge, ON
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 761
Re: Asking to Postpone Shodan Test?

Others have said that if your sensei thinks you're ready to test, then you're ready.
When coaching for a competition with relatively new people (in my work, not in Aikido) I ask - "Are you ready? - Say 'Yes,' because the race is in x hours - you've done all the available training time, planned and prepared, so - even if you're not completely ready, you have to be ready..." or something to that effect.
Another interpretation of "you - take the shodan test in November" - is - your sensei now feels you're ready to start understanding what you've been learning to date. Way back in the days of Aikido-L, Rocky Izumi posted a great article about people who refuse to take grading tests - wish I could find it.

pass/fail - no matter - learn from it...
Best regards,
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