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Old 08-15-2012, 05:56 PM   #23
Rupert Atkinson
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Re: Something's Rank - Black Belts in Aikido

If you need a test to motivate you, then you are in the wrong game and should cho0se something you would like to do. Who is better in the long run - someone who trains hard to perfect a skill just to perfect it, or someone trying to impress an examiner at the weekend? Haven't you noticed how people train more before a test and then fail to show up for a week or two afterwards. It's riduculous. Think - soccer. Do people train to be good? Or are they after some kinda certificate? The answers are obvious. Tests are here to stay, but you can figure out just as much from the way people react to the test as you can from the test itself.

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