I’m pleased to say Mrs Wishful Thinking and I both passed our aikido red belt grading last night.
I was impressed by the grading test – it was quite formal, we had to line up and perform the techniques in front of the rest of the class, black belts in front of us, brown belts watching from behind. And there’s something very satisfying about having passed the first test – like the first step on a long journey. Breaking things down into specific, measurable steps is good practice in setting goals, and aikido has evidently got this down to a fine art.
This is one of the things we had to do – we weren’t as fast or agressive as this though.