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Old 12-19-2004, 07:23 AM   #3
Dojo: Airenjuku Brighton
Location: On the road - UK
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 515
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Re: Poll: How often do you get to choose your uke(s) for your rank testing at your aikido dojo?

In the UKA and other places I've been it's more the ukes choosing the nage. I.e. Sensei says "5 ukes please", or whatever, and there is a mad rush to get to your chosen victim. Of course people often go for friends and this can be preranged to some extent, but it's alwasy a bit of a lottery, and after a few uke changes you've usaly run out of mates

One fun thing I saw one year at a BAF summer camp was the examiners rearange the ukes behind the backs of the testees. They all knew that one of them had a big, scary Russian 4th dan, but until they turned around they weren't sure who. The guy that did, did a great test though if I remember rightly, though the look of his face when he turned round to bow was priceless.

Personally I love to take ukemi for friends, I think its an honour and an intimate thing to be involved with. Like being best man, but the stag do is after
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