Last night we had a small group and I was teaching. One student is preparing for his ikkyu test. We used the class as an opportunity for preparation.
First, the katas. All of them, jo and bokken.
Then 25 out of the basic 50. Run through them like it's the test. Then stop, go back, look at atemis, blending, pins. Trying to polish the techniques.
And at the end, we sat in a circle on the mat, peppering the testing hopeful with questions.
And so on.
Tell us about Suenaka Sensei's instructors. Name them, the arts they taught, and the ranks Sensei attained.
Name the Six Pillars of Aikido.
Where and when was O'Sensei born? His early life? Important influences?
Tell us what you know about O'Sensei's enlightenment.
Talk about Suenaka Sensei's Aikido journey. Dates, places, and people.
Vocabulary from the handbook
Tells us the Wadoki motto and Proverb
He's doesn't think he's ready. No one does. But he's more ready than yesterday.