Hey all, I apologise for not writing. I'm sure there is more than enough to talk about, but the test is in two weeks and pretty much the only things I think about are the test and the test.
I kept meaning to write, but composing my thoughts in a cohesive manner has been tough. I run through the test pretty much every day and last time I wrote I had intense workouts pretty much every day. I didn't think I could get any more changes or improvements in. However, last night I was given a few corrections to work on and they seem doable to fix. A foot there and a fist there and so on.
Probably the biggest deal/change was that we converted the normal bunkai on our last kata into a Oyo. Oyo is a longer, back and forth demonstration of the techniques in which both sides gets to play at attacking and defending. The normal bunkai was just a single move and seemed modest compared to the kata; which is very long and complex.
Olivia and me, with the help of Reed and Daniel, contructed an interesting and graphic routine based on 6 self-defense moves. I don't know about Olivia, but our practice leaves me pretty sore and bruised. By Saturday of last week I was having problems with my abs and realized that my ribs were bruised. Nice work Olivia!
Next Friday is the exam and I'll be excited to do it, but I'm a touch nervous because there is always space for failure. If it occurs I have to wait four to six months for restest, and thankfully don't have repay the test fee. Each rank goes up another $100. So my NiDan will be $200. Poor Daniel is going for his ShiDan which will go for $400. Ouch.
If I can get the video practice from Olivia I'll post or link here.
On a side note, allergy season is here and practicing with a half lung is brutal. Hopefully things will be clear by next week. Wheezing at the test will probably be frowned upon.
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