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Old 12-20-2004, 11:03 AM   #14
Janet Rosen
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Re: Poll: How often do you get to choose your uke(s) for your rank testing at your aikido dojo?

Where I used to train, regardless of who one prepared with, your uke was selected by the instructor and called up to join you at the bow in for the test. I liked this for a couple of reasons: made it more of an actual unrehearsed testing situation, and the instructor had a good sense of pairings--which uke would pose an appopriate but not overwhelming challenge for a particular student at a particular ranking.
Having said that, when I tested at my current dojo, the person I had prepared with was unavailable the day I was ready to test, so I did at the last minute ask somebody else to be my uke....and the test was very different from what I'd prepared for, but it was quite wonderful fun.

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