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Old 05-30-2004, 02:15 PM   #1
Michael Bravo
Dojo: Sutemi
Location: St.Petersburg, Russia
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 7
Some exam/grading photos

I'm not exactly sure if it's of any interest to the general crowd, but if it is, you can check out some photos from a grading session held on May 20th in our dojo at my gallery

I didn't manage to add captions to every photo yet, but in general the pictures are in chronological order, that is, from lesser kyus up, the last guy with the jo taking 1st kyu grading.

I hope this would be interesting at least for some people.

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Old 05-30-2004, 03:11 PM   #2
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Re: Some exam/grading photos

Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed looking at them.

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Old 05-30-2004, 04:44 PM   #3
Lan Powers
Dojo: Aikido of Midland, Midland TX
Location: Midland Tx
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 660
Re: Some exam/grading photos

Thanks Michael.... they are cool. You guys have a nice,big, group. You training in Yoshinkan?

Play nice, practice hard, but remember, this is a MARTIAL art!
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Old 05-31-2004, 07:18 AM   #4
Michael Bravo
Dojo: Sutemi
Location: St.Petersburg, Russia
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Re: Some exam/grading photos

Lan Powers wrote:
Thanks Michael.... they are cool. You guys have a nice,big, group. You training in Yoshinkan?
Yes, we are a Yoshinkan dojo (club, as they call it here). I'm into my 4th year of training if you count from the start, but I had a break of 1.5 years; so my 7th kyu grade I received about 2 years ago has kind of faded into background and I opted for a re-grading this time, to be sure I am starting to get into good form again.

We have a big seminar with Ando Tsuneo Shihan (7 dan Yoshinkan) coming up, starts June 3rd, looks like we will have lots to absorb. There will be 11 training sessions during three and a half days. What I love about Yoshinkan (well, one of the points ) is it's teaching methodology. Ando Sensei has even kindly sent us a detailed technical program outlining classes of techniques to be practised at each of the sessions.

I hope to be able to post pictures from the seminar, too (it would be tough since I will have to train AND take photos somehow ).

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Old 05-31-2004, 10:28 AM   #5
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Dojo: Aikido Yoshinkan Sacramento - Seikeikan Dojo
Location: Orangevale, CA
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 611
Re: Some exam/grading photos

For those who are not familiar with Ando Shihan, here is a bit of information on him.

The website is out of date. He is 7th dan as Michael mentions above. This should be a great workshop.
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Old 05-31-2004, 11:47 AM   #6
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Re: Some exam/grading photos

Hi Michael,

Very nice pictures! Please let us know how the seminat with Ando sensei turns out for you.

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