Thread: First Test
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Old 08-05-2002, 04:26 PM   #5
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
Hi Kevin,

Congratulations on passing your first test.

From my experience, the first test was the most difficult in terms of nerves. I haven't tested in a while, but I was pretty nervous still then. I used to compete in equestrian events (okay, not the same, but you get the gist) and had terrible butterflies before I went into the ring, but they went away as soon as I was on course. Same for testing in aikido; terrible nerves before and then they go away once the test starts. I think that the nerves serve a good purpose in testing. Keep you on your toes.

Best wishes!
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