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Old 06-11-2006, 07:22 PM   #1
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Tips on getting ready for a grading

Hi guys, going for a grading in December and was wonder if anyone had any unusual ways of getting fit and in the right mind set.
Cheers Sean

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Old 06-11-2006, 08:30 PM   #2
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

I am testing for nidan in Oct. best I can say is start running. Get where you can for 30minutes straight atleast 3 times a week!
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Old 06-11-2006, 08:42 PM   #3
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Cheers for that Johnny. Went for a 15 - 20 min run today at 12am. The saying mad dogs and Englishman spring to mind. Oh boy I was leaking out of place I don't know I had. I dare say not a pleasant thought for you but one I think may give you nightmares for the rest of your. Sorry mate

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Old 06-11-2006, 11:10 PM   #4
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

Hi Sean
One of the seniors at my dojo advised me to run up flights of stairs before my last grading. It gets you fit and also conditions you for the muscles used in constant and intense ukemi.
Good luck!

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Old 06-12-2006, 04:06 AM   #5
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

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Hi guys, going for a grading in December and was wonder if anyone had any unusual ways of getting fit and in the right mind set.
Cheers Sean
Keep turning up to practice and stop thinking so far into the future.
Polish your aikido in the present moment, the grading will come in it's own time.

The right mind set is 'no mind' set.

You ask for unusual ways of getting fit, why is that? do all the usual ways not work? Here's an unusual way of getting fit, - find an old person that needs some shopping done, go to the supermarket on the edge of town, buy heir shopping and run back with it. You get fit they get their shopping done buy a young fit guy in lycra shorts

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Old 06-12-2006, 04:09 AM   #6
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

I recall a story told to me not so long ago about fitness by my instructor, I was preparing for a grading and pushed myself very hard so hard to the extent when I turned up for training I was shattered, stiff and sore, he asked what is wrong as I am normally in good shape I explained what I was doing, he answered watch this, he then done must have been 20 mins of free movements where very fit 1,st dans where flying around the place everywhere and he remained calm and composed after a while the attackers where clearly slowing down and showing signs of exhaustion, at which point he said fitness is important but being prepared in the mind is more important.

Not sure if that makes sense but when he said it to me everyone else heard the penny drop in my stomach it made so much sense to me.
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Old 06-12-2006, 05:17 AM   #7
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Not sure if that makes sense but when he said it to me everyone else heard the penny drop in my stomach it made so much sense to me.
Justin you must stop swallowing pennies, surely you know that they are not good for you!

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Old 06-12-2006, 05:26 AM   #8
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

Hi Sean,

You didn't say what grading...or what physical shape you are in already...but...

My father used to say he never studied for a test in school (I never believed him...but he used to swear by it)....his point was....if you pay attention, do your regular work, when it comes time for a test, you should be ready and shouldn't have to sweat it.

You've got from now until December. Even if you are testing for sandan, that is plenty of time to regularly attend class, focus, get fit by doing aikido and work through anything that gives you problems. Before class everyday, think of your own personal theme: breathing, fitness (that means take lots of ukemi), bending your knees...whatever you want to work on....and make that your theme for the day.

Before, between and after class...approach people. Ask them specifically to help you with things that you need to work on ('could you help me with my koshinages?') My experience is that everybody loves to help teach somebody something....

And, if you happen to have an instructor who asks "what would people like to do today?" Always, always have a top three list of things you'd like to work on (I used to have instructor that would ask that every class....no one would speak up, so I started coming to class with a list of things I wanted to do...so I always got a class tailored to me :~) ).

Certainly, you can run, lift weights, climb stairs, walk the dog, bring old ladies groceries...those are all good things for building fitness...I personally recommend the much maligned bokken workout (or as the lady who invented it calls it: Forza). But to prepare for a grading in aikido, you really have to do aikido....

Good luck...let us know your progress!
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Old 06-12-2006, 05:27 AM   #9
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

Sean,

The night before you grading get really really really drunk. It'll help you relax and give you amazing zanshin.

The people who understand, understand prefectly.
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Old 06-12-2006, 05:54 AM   #10
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

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The night before you grading get really really really drunk. It'll help you relax and give you amazing zanshin.
Not official Hombu advice, but I know you northern chaps do like an ale or two. Just remember to complete Yann's training regime with a full english breakfast on the morning of the grading, you'll be right!

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Old 06-12-2006, 05:59 AM   #11
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The night before you grading get really really really drunk. It'll help you relax and give you amazing zanshin.
i cant see any smiley things so does that work
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Old 06-12-2006, 06:23 AM   #12
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

Mark,

It's Hombu practice at least for all the gradings I have seen above first dan. Of course, they cannot say it officially as it would reveal a well kept Aikido secret. *puts finger in front of mouth* Sheee....

Justin,

No, I am utterly serious. It stops you from being tense and helps you concentrate on techniques while reducing the stress of the grading.

The people who understand, understand prefectly.
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Old 06-12-2006, 07:07 AM   #13
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

well you learn something every day it wouldnt work for me though cant drink i am ill for days with even a glass of the stuff
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Old 06-12-2006, 07:41 AM   #14
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

Yann, hmm what can I say. It works. Nick and Tim get out of their tiny brains the night before a grading and are brilliant on the day.

Mark, cheers for that mate. I think of gradings like icing on a cake, looks and tastes nice but its whats underneath that makes the difference and is the hard work. As for eating the breakfast. I never ever, ever eat anything before or during a course.

Donna, I thought all gradings were the same. You need to work just as hard in relative terms for your 6th kyu as your yondan. But yes your right the key is to get my ass on the mat.

Justin, that is a great story if you have any more I'd be interested in hearing them.

Stairs Patrick are you mad sir. we have lifts now

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Old 06-12-2006, 07:48 AM   #15
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

Cardio is always good conditioning.

Mentally review techniques and terminology.

See if you can talk a Sempai in creating a testing like situation in which to train, i.e. state a technique and perform it, or freelancing as many variations as possible.

Compliments for starting early.

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Old 06-12-2006, 09:41 AM   #16
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

If you watch the old "Rocky" movies, Mickey tells Rocky to stay away from women because "women weaken the knees" - not sure this is scientifically accurate, and it sure isn't politically correct, but an overload of unspent hormones can affect one's physical prowess and level of aggression (think steriods, or dudes in prison). ...Hey, you said unsual, right?
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Old 06-12-2006, 10:47 AM   #17
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

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Mark,

It's Hombu practice at least for all the gradings I have seen above first dan. Of course, they cannot say it officially as it would reveal a well kept Aikido secret. *puts finger in front of mouth* Sheee....

Justin,

No, I am utterly serious. It stops you from being tense and helps you concentrate on techniques while reducing the stress of the grading.
What about the headache???
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Old 06-12-2006, 01:59 PM   #18
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

As Lynn said, mentally reveiwing the techniques is a great training tool .
It cannot replace physical fittness, but it is critical to have your head in the game.
Lan

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Old 06-12-2006, 03:52 PM   #19
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What about the headache???
Lucy, you need to know something about our 'lads' up in the North East of our fair Island. These guy's are 'hard', an icy wind whips in off the North Sea ( even in summer! ) and these guys walk around with their tee shirts on all the time ( mind you their girlfriends wear even less!). They don't even have mats in their dojo's thats how tough they are. Headaches, pah, these boys don't worry about a little thing like that

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p.s if any of you guy's from up there take offence, are thinking about coming down to the warm and sunny south, to try and get me. Think again, I have a fully trained up army of Dartmoor pixies in my own personal employ.

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Old 06-12-2006, 04:47 PM   #20
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What about the headache???
It's like having an additional multiple attacker - except he is invisible.

Have fun,
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Old 06-12-2006, 05:06 PM   #21
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Headaches just tell the North East White Rose boys that we aren't in a coma anymore

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Old 06-13-2006, 03:36 AM   #22
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Headaches just tell the North East White Rose boys that we aren't in a coma anymore
See what I mean Lucy?

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Old 06-15-2006, 11:58 AM   #23
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

Well believe it or not that very day that I wrote that I was having a not so awful hangover and a not so awful headache, since it was my birthday (june 12), and I had a party at home with 22 friends, boyfriend and beers on saturday. I didn't sleep at all until sunday at 11 PM or so. So you could say that hangover was on sunday, and what was left on monday was almost only a memory of it. And I had class at 7 PM. I can tell you it was the most confusing, un-energetic, badly performed training session I ever had. I did have a nice laugh though, but it wasn't useful. So, personally I won't follow your advice next july 12th on the day of my exam, Yann.
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Old 06-15-2006, 12:11 PM   #24
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Re: Tips on getting ready for a grading

Chuck Norris doesn't get headaches...he gives them to other people...

Ron (Sorry, couldn't help it)

And MY Father was so tough, he walked up hill, ten miles, through the snow (in florida), past alligators and 6 foot rattlesnakes, both ways...

R (sorry, couldn't help it again)

Good luck with your test Lucy...

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Old 06-15-2006, 03:46 PM   #25
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Chuck Norris doesn't get headaches...he gives them to other people...

Ron (Sorry, couldn't help it)

And MY Father was so tough, he walked up hill, ten miles, through the snow (in florida), past alligators and 6 foot rattlesnakes, both ways...

R (sorry, couldn't help it again)

Good luck with your test Lucy...
Ron,

I'm sorry, man. But with a story like THAT ...
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And MY Father was so tough, he walked up hill, ten miles, through the snow (in florida), past alligators and 6 foot rattlesnakes, both ways...

R (sorry, couldn't help it again)
... you need to at least TRY to help it! Please! "Help it!"

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