Another grading complete, another round of students moving up a level.
Was a good grading.
And our first children’s grading in a long time.
It was their idea, they said if the adults were grading, so should they.
I told them the adults did not like grading, but they were insistent.
They were also impressive.
They knew all the taiso undo and techniques by their Japanese names and they maintained a level of focus that would have been admirable in an adult class.
The adult sword students also performed well.
It is not always an easy thing to express Aiki through sword, but they did and each of them deserves their new rank.
Am looking forward to the new year.