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Old 09-24-2002, 02:35 AM   #36
Dojo: Aiki Shoshinkan, Aiki Kenkyukai
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 813
At my old dojo, an orange belt was for 4th kyu. So when I first joined my new dojo, i wore that belt on the first day... kinda hoping that I didn't have to start from the beginning. Everyone was staring, but I didn't care. It didn't affect me at all.

Till later I found out that they weren't really bothered that I already had a kyu grade. To them, the test of that is on the mat. They just found it funny that I was wearing a child level belt (8th kyu) for their dojo, and some of the children later told me that i looked really old for a kid.

I was told all this when I retook my 5th kyu again, by sensei with a real straight face.

Moral of the story: Go to new dojo, put on white belt.

Draw strength from stillness. Learn to act without acting. And never underestimate a samurai cat.
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