Sensei called me in while I was on the way to class and asked me to get everyone bowed in and warmed since he was stuck in traffic. I had to ask him the word he used before we reply "Oni gashemas" (sorry can't spell it). He told me it was "Hajime mas"; or "begin we will". I felt so bi-lingual.
I started the class with bow-in and exercises and the, boom, we were on it. I guess Sensei is starting to feel the pressure of getting everyone up to snuf for the testing. Mark seems way better, but there is going to be some stuttering in some of the things he needs to do. He'll do better with a better partner though. With me he can practice, but he doesn't look good because I pause too much and it ruins the flow of the routines. The ladies shouldn't have a problem, but I really don't know how to judge their work. To me they appear soft, but that might be what is desired for their level of work.
We ended up bouncing from one thing to another. For a chunk of class three of us worked on the Rohai, but then before we could finish the kata, we started working on the Bunkai. Which, thankfully, was pretty easy. There are two pieces and one is just a block and trip. I was partnered with Ed and our height differences made things a bit comical. However, since he's new to our school I love something he does after the action - he actually gives me a hand up! I'm pretty sure that was verboten, but what a lifesaver. I felt since he was doing it for me, that I could reciprocate. Ed is a bit thick in the middle and getting up is a bit of challenge so giving him a hand was "easing his way" while he gets used to our type of methods. I can only get away with this so much, because I'm supposed to get up with one of the three methods as a matter of course (because of the black belt).
I'm off to the East Coast for the weekend to spend some time with my family so I'll only get one class in next week. Then all the eligible folks head off to Yakima for the big do. One day I'll get to go!
Diet note - down to 195.4! I definitely don't remember this weight. I'm not sure how well I'll be able to hold on to the diet this weekend, but my pants fit great right now. I think I've lost 10 pounds in 9 days? How much extra was I carrying anyway?