Yesterday I successfully graded for my Nikyu brown belt. I have put some of my thoughts into a new blog. Grading is always a good experience from the perspective of reflection and personal development. I enjoyed this grading as I felt far more in control of myself. It is always satisfying to feel the progress you have made between gradings. It will be interesting to see if others have had similar experiences at gradings.
Personally, gradings are nerve wracking for me, because I am terrified I am going to screw up and let my teachers down. Or, like I did in my last randori, blank out and do nothing but shiho nage for 6 techniques in a row. :P