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Old 05-23-2010, 06:56 AM   #33
Dojo: aikido academy/alhambra,california
Location: Los Angeles, California
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 371
Re: I test on Saturday: Now, I'm feeling a bit nervous.

Perhaps "testing" is not all that people get worked up about.

It is simply another form of keiko, or valuable training, providing indispensable clues as to what needs further research and work,

The testing of a student can be a daunting experience, giving one pause as a truly stressful encounter with one's fears and misgivings.

It is also important to realize that the student's own instructors are also being tested, to see how well they strove to prepare said student. And no less culpable is the Head Instructor, whose accountability encompasses all within the dojo structure.

Relax, move with fluid confidence in your own innate capacity to share the moment with comrades, and enjoy, seizing the day!

You may not be at your "best", but you can certainly do your best!

Such an effort will always be sufficient, and rewarding, regardless of outcome.

Last edited by aikishihan : 05-23-2010 at 07:00 AM.
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