I've scheduled my next Aikido test for Friday, January 29, 2009. I think that by putting the date in writing for everyone to see will make it feel more real for me. I'm nervous and doubting myself and constantly reevaluating my ability to progress in Aikido. Yet, the date is set, I've got some great senior students who are willing to help me (i.e., allow me to throw them until I can execute flawless techniques), and a body that is not entirely broken yet.
My next test for i-kyu (1st kyu) will be my 5th test in 3.5 years and the last test before my shodan (black belt) test. It's a big one that encompasses almost every technique that will be on the shodan test minus using the tanto/wooden knife, no jo katas, and I will have fewer attackers and variations. I actually never thought I would make it this far so I am kind of surprised not only that I will be testing soon but my senior students actually think I am ready.
(photo from a dojo in Vancouver in case you are unfamiliar with the art). My training schedule will be as follows: Mondays: 12-1:30 PM class, 6-8 class, 8-8:30 or 9 after class workout and test techniques Tuesdays: run stairs (depending on the pain in my knees) Wednesdays:12-1:30 PM class, 6-8 class, 8-8:30 or 9 after class workout and test techniques Thursdays: run stairs (depending on the pain in my knees) Fridays:12-1:30 PM class, 6-8 class, 8-8:30 or 9 after class workout and test techniques Saturdays: practice weapons and/or extra (non-Aikido) martial arts training Sundays: practice weapons and/or extra (non-Aikido) martial arts training
My fuel will be: Pumpkin oats coffee and unsweetened Almond Breeze Bell Peppers Hummus Tomatoes Whole Wheat Bread Butternut Squash Bananas Green Juice Green Tea Ginger Tea Walnuts Clif Z-Bars Clif Bars Homemade vegan cookies and muffins Fruit smoothies Medjool Dates Veggie Dumplings Vegan vegetable soups (Carrot Ginger, Tomato, Butternut Squash) Spinach Emergen-c