The Next Step

Thank you very much to Brian Smith Sensei for taking the class last night and congratulations to Richard Dalling on passing Nikyu (2nd grade) last night.

Gradings are a useful tool to focus training and monitor progress.  We don’t have competitive bouts in Aikido so they are the best test we have for how we cope under stress.  Richard was worked hard last night and earned his grade but rest assured he’ll be worked harder next time.  You’re no better after you take the grading than you were before, it just means that your progress has been measured and now you’re ready for the next level of training.  After each grading I’ve taken, I always say to myself “now the real work begins”.