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A small matter of not seeking a black belt

There have been occasions when my sensei’s have wiggled their black belts at us and asked, “so, who wants one of these?”  (Which then leads to a talk on the need and desire to train regularly and that the belt … Continue reading

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Belt up

In many martial arts there is a teaching syllabus, with students being awarded progressively higher grades as they become more competent.  Formal grading examinations may exist, or a teacher may declare a student to have consistently demonstrated competence at a … Continue reading

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Hakama horrors

Hakama.  For those not familiar with Japanese martial arts hakama are the big baggy trousers (normally black or deep blue) worn over the white gi, (the pyjama like clothing for the uninitiated).  There is all sorts of self-imposed dojo etiquette … Continue reading

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A tale of two gradings

What happened? Within the space of six days I attempted to grade in Jitsu and Aikido, in that order. Jitsu notes vs Aikido notes Jitsu: Kyu grades from 8th to 1st.  I went into the grading a 6th kyu. Aikido: … Continue reading

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