Studying for/Working on Nidan Grading – Part 3
Yesterday was to be a day (afternoon) of technical seminar in preparation for the grading today. The seminar was not a requirement, but we thought that it would be a good experience, especially for Mike, who had never been to a grading, nor had seen this dojo.
From 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., the senior judoka gave instruction and pointers to the people who were to be graded and their uke. It was intense and busy, with no breaks whatsoever.
Since we had been basically teaching ourselves how to do everything, with research on the web, Dave was relieved that we had no errors in technique. What we didn’t need, though, was the shinmeisho no waza, which had seventeen new throws. It turns out that this isn’t required until third degree.
At the appointed end time, instead of releasing everyone, the judges asked if any groups wanted to be tested on their kata right then. Numerous groups took the judges up on their offer. So while they were tested on kata, why not also just complete the grading? So instead of going back to the dojo for his grading today, Dave tested yesterday and other than official paperwork, he is now a nidan.
Congratulations, Dave, and many thanks to Mike for all his hard work, thousands of breakfalls, and unfailing good humour.
January 18, 2009