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Old 06-22-2011, 09:19 AM   #26
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Re: Announced Vs. Unannounced Testing

Gefeliciteerd Dave,

wel je oefeningen doen he?
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:45 AM   #27
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Gefeliciteerd Dave,

wel je oefeningen doen he?
Ik oefen iedere dag ongeveer een half uurtje
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:47 PM   #28
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Ik oefen iedere dag ongeveer een half uurtje
We should be talking English overhere

Back to training
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:25 AM   #29
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Re: Announced Vs. Unannounced Testing

Congrats also Dave!!
A couple of weeks ago towards the end of class my sensei sat down on the mats next to the students and then motioned for my sempei to go out onto the mat... Then sensei said my name to go out on the mat. I though ohhh no he is going to test me now? Whats going on? Now way. So I go out and sit and bow to a very grinning uke. Sensei started naming off techniques and I did my best. Then at the end of class he said... Hmm I like pop quizzes. I was soo darn relieved that it wasn't my test. HAHA. Now I have to be on guard because I don't know if what I am doing is a pop quiz or a test.

That next week my sempei had his testing. He knew a week ahead of time about his test. It went really well. After seeing the way it was conducted I am not nearly ready to test now. So no one has talked about it and I have not brought it up for the past couple weeks. I think we should wait for another couple of months.

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Old 06-28-2011, 05:30 AM   #30
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Re: Announced Vs. Unannounced Testing

We typically have many weeks' notice. We're a small dojo made up of busy adults, and finding a date that everyone can make is not easy (and there are usually a few people who are short a few hours, too). If you don't block out the date well in advance, it ain't gonna happen.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:37 AM   #31
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I was taught that testing was just another day of training, no more important than any other. It really isn't all about me . I must take care of my uke, relax and do my best just like every class.

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Old 07-23-2011, 08:08 PM   #32
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We had a gassuku/grading day yesterday - after the first hour class one of our members was invited to walk with sensei to his car. It made sense later on when he was called on to do his shodan test.

Eek, glad it wasn't me! Though I'm sure the nature of it helped him keep his cool and perspective. (He passed. )

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Old 08-01-2011, 12:23 AM   #33
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Re: Announced Vs. Unannounced Testing

Our test days are about every 3 months, on Saturdays, and announced well in advance so as many people as possible can be there. We you are being tested, you find a mentor to work with, which is a great opportunity to really work out the finer points of techniques, and to get all your questions answered. For most is it a period of more-intensive-than-usual training, which is fun. And on the flip side, as a mentor you get to do the same intensive training, and refine your own understanding by helping your kohai prepare for their exams.

Of course with unannounced testing people could still do the same thing (train harder and help each other, just whenever), but I find the structure, deadlines, and goals useful, personally.

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