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Old 01-18-2011, 03:53 AM   #45
Tony Wagstaffe
Location: Winchester
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,211
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Re: Unhappy being pushed to test

If you feel you are not up to the rank , then it's most likely you aren't.......
My wife practised aikido even when pregnant, brought up two kids and still attained a 3rd Dan within 15 years, was good at ukemi and "respected" for her no nonsense positive technique....
I never, ever graded her, she earn't it by sheer hard work and nothing else.....
She eventually retired from aikido, to concentrate on the kids, which she felt was more important, This is only natural......
She is of the opinion that most people today who say they do "aikido" are just playing and should stick to yoga or something......
She came back on the odd occasion on my request just to show (women in the club) that women are very capable of doing aikido and can be equal if not better than the men.....
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