|Kyu Testing – March 20th, 2011|
|Written by Jay Lindholm|
|Tuesday, 29 March 2011|
Last Sunday Gilbert Hughes Tested for Ikkyu and Richard tested for Sankyu. It always seems like such an important event when the tests are for higher ranks. The pace of both tests was outstanding thanks to the great ukemi from our senior students. The test candidates were challenged and pushed a little, making the tests very exciting.
First Richard tested for Sankyu and did a great job of controlling his arm tension and focus. Richard moved well and exhibited a great knowledge of all of the required techniques. His randori was especially nice as he used the mat very well and maintained a strong center. Way to go Richard on a great test!
Then Gilbert tested for Ikkyu and the pace went wild. Tommy Kammerer attacked with a lot of power to begin the test. Then Brian Kammerer came in and the speed increased (if that is even possible). I got tired just watching the test. Gilbert moved well and showed great stamina for the test. He really hung in there and showed great poise in response to the pressure. During the test Gilbert demonstrated a solid understanding of the aikido techniques. His movement from suwari waza was especially notable. He got pretty tired but really hung in there, never letting his fatigue defeat him. Way to go Gilbert!
Following the tests we all went over to Pei Wei for dinner and a little aikido talk. It was a lot of fun and a good opportunity to relax after a hard day of testing. Thanks to everyone for the ukemi and support of these kyu tests.
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