The Sho-Dan & Future Training
By Jonathan Wilson
I can remember at one point in my preparation for Sho-Dan testing, my wife asked me, “What will you do with all the free time you’ll gain after you complete your test?” At first I misunderstood the question but I soon realized that like most on the outside and too many on the inside, she believed that my “aikido journey” would cease once I passed my test for sho-dan. Then I pointed out that it was really just the beginning of a journey (somewhat akin to packing the car in preparation for the journey), and that there would need to be revisions and improvements over a life time (both in understanding of technique, and in the adjustments to the application of technique to adapt to an ever aging body).
At this point both she and I began to understand the nature of my fascination with aikido. It should be a life long study. So first and foremost, after you are promoted, you keep coming because you’re just sort of just beginning to scratch the surface of your understanding.
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