The Costco guy came back, his first return trip since the Fat Old Hag episode. I let him in the back door, and pointed him towards FOH to find out where she wanted the stuff.
Then I left.
When I came back, everything was put away, and the FOH was nowhere to be seen! That’s the way it should be. And the bonus – she ordered three big packages of assorted Grandma’s Homestyle Cookies in three flavors: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, and Fudge Chocolate Chip. Delicios!
In other news, I’m beginning to think that small Kendo class sizes are the norm, and not the exception. For each of the last four weeks or so, we’ll start with about 8 people, plus three or four sensei. Of the eight in the class, 4-5 will be Dan (black belt) level and up, and then there’s me, Ivon, a no-rank guy, plus a new girl who started a few weeks ago, and maybe another random person.
The new girl goes off to practice footwork, and me, Ivon, and no-rank each get paired up with a yudansha, and the extra yudansha pair up with a sensei. We then run through a bunch of basic strikes and parries of the sort where you turn a block into a strike, so that you can always attack.
Then we’ll do 10 – 15 minutes of hardcore non-stop battles of about two minutes each, rotating through partners. That’s followed with a longer, more deliberate practice match with whoever you rotated into, and then free practice, where we can rest for a bit, re-tie loose knots, and pick fights with whoever we want.
But what’s actually new, is at the beginning of the month, I went in for another promotion exam. Last year I passed the lowest rank level… uh let me explain.
There’s six ranks to black belt, starting with 6th kyu, going up to 1st kyu, then the black belt levels start with 1st dan, on up.
Last year I passed 6 kyu, and this year I went for 5 kyu. I almost certainly passed, since I didn’t fall over or drop my shinai, not even once.
So that’s exciting. I remembered the lessons I learned last year, and stayed barely calm, hollered loudly enough that I was hoarse by the end of my session, and executed all the moves I knew.
Now, on to 4 kyu!