…I passed! Woohoo!
It was a really really long day, starting with a seminar from 9am, then the grading from 2pm. There were quite a lot of people – maybe 100 – taking grades from shodan (1st) to rokudan (6th), and all that material to cover meant we didn’t finish until 7pm. After getting our results we headed straight to the summer dojo “Beer Garden” party that Sensei organised. It was all-inclusive drink and meat, the latter being cooked on a BBQ grill thing on your table. Good fun. After that myself, Nukina Sensei (our visiting Sensei from the patner Ikueikan dojo in Romania), two of his Romanian students and three Japanese Ikueikan students (Kato, Yoshikawa and Shinkai – will introduce everyone with some photos in another post) headed off to do some karaoke and didn’t emerge from there till 3am! Ooops!
Of course I was starting my travelling the next day (yesterday) and that meant getting up early, packing and spending 6 hours on a train to get to Okayama, where I am now. Must say I felt like death for the whole journey – absolutely exhausted and a little bit queasy! The last week has been so hectic, and, although fun, I am looking forward to kicking back a bit now. Went to bed at 9pm last night, got up at 7.30am. Just had my very good included-in-the-room-rate breakfast, and am now heading out for the day to explore. There is a computer in reception, so will try and do some more updating later :)