Behold, my 6th kyu (orange belt / first adult rank) test in 2011.
Most white belt students in my dojo these days have more grace in one pinky finger than I had in my whole being. Our dojo has evolved! (For one thing, if you are a current Shusekai student, this serves as a wonderful instructional video on how and when not to bow.)
Flash forward to my nidan (2nd degree black belt) test in February 2017. This test is about 10x longer than the first one, so here are a few excerpts. If you watch closely you might notice one or two improvements…
This one does play correctly despite the rotated still.
Hang in there, it begins eventually …
So, dear friends, whenever you find yourself in doubt that consistent training leads anywhere, I hope you will return here and be reassured.
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