Have I told you that I have my shodan (black belt) test on the 16th of August? I honestly can’t remember, so sorry if I have, and sorry if I haven’t. Time is shooting by, much as I suspect it would if I was a dog with my head hanging out of the window of a Porsche, but with an element of pressure I suspect our canine friends don’t experience.
Practice now consists mostly of refining techniques and kata – getting my weight as low as possible, pointing my foot correctly, getting just the right amount of hip-twist, and so on. I will be doing basic kihon, two pre-arranged kumite drills (yakusoku kumite), two kata – pinan shodan (my choice) and kushanku (theirs), plus some free sparring (kumite). Sensei has got me doing lots of kata in front of the dojo, which is working well as I appear to becoming less nervous, and my intense dislike of performing in front of other people is slowly going away. Still, 24 days isn’t very long… *gulp*!