Shodan: beginning level
Throw away all impurities– find the correct feeling.
This year’s Winter Camp was a great experience for me. I got to know a lot of new, interesting people, reconnected with good folks from other dojos, and had a great time with my friends from my dojo. Above all else, I value these connections highly– this is what makes camp worthwhile.
My first-level black belt test went well. I was fairly calm, but felt winded by the end– I still have to work on aerobic exercise to condition myself. I am very relieved to have done the test, and feel good about it.
The real work starts now. As ever, I need to refine my techniques– power and grace. I’d like to learn how to teach well, too. If all goes well, I hope to test for the remaining two levels over the next several years.
I’m very grateful for everyone’s support, and I hope to continue practicing aikido, both on the mat and off, for as long as I’m able.