Jesse Lee wrote:
What do folks think about aikidoka taking a 1st-kyu or higher test and walking into it with a script in mind...
People who improvise
start off with a script. This doesn't matter if it's a stand-up comedian, after-dinner speaker or prepared aikidoist. You have to work hard to make this look spontaneous. Once they have this core material that they can easily use, then they can change and mix it up, to suit the situation.
Show them you're a good craftsman. You can worry about the artisty later.
Whatever approach you decide for your test - Good Luck! Let us know how you did and what you found useful.