Thread: Double Grading!
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:16 PM   #17
Michael Varin
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 567
Re: Double Grading!

In my early days of training, ranking began at 6th kyu. It took me six or seven months to take that first test. From there I advanced pretty quickly. I actually tested for shodan as a 2nd kyu. I guess being an uchideshi didn't hurt. I trained four to six hours per day during my first two years. As funny as it may sound I felt deprived that I was never a 1st kyu; I always felt they had an admirable position in the dojo.

"Through aiki we can feel the mind of the enemy who comes to attack and are thus able to respond immediately." - M. Mochizuki
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