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Old 06-15-2006, 03:52 PM   #26
Lucy Smith
Dojo: Samurai Dojo
Location: Montevideo
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 138
Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

Thanks. I'm pretty confident since I'll be testing for 5th kyu so it's very simple. Besides, after having tested in front of 400 people at the age of 7... fear's looong gone.

And I've trained hard, too
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Old 06-19-2006, 07:46 PM   #27
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Dojo: Ronin (sort of...)
Location: Prairies
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 69
Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

Looking back I think my 3rd kyu and 2nd kyu gradings were harder physically on me than my 1st kyu and shodan tests. Presumably because I was in better condition (the tests were longer and harder as they went up in rank but my recovery times were quicker - 1-2 days as opposed to a week or more).

I have always been a nervous wreck for two weeks leading up to any grading - I mean an ominous dread like I'm going to my own execution...

After each test I thought to myself, "Why was I so worried about that? But...next test time, I'd be just as bad...

Just train well at Aikido practice. Work on any techniques you have a problem with. Conduct your regular fitness training outside the dojo as per normal. Come test time you'l be ready - otherwise your sensei wouldn't be inviting you to test.

Remember that you are not being set up to fail...
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