After practice I began my now daily routine of preparing for the Black Belt Test(昇段試験) which will take place this Sunday May 12, 2013. Aikawa kun will be taking the test with me so we both have been practicing the traditional forms(形) that we will have to do under the tutelage of Maruyama Senpai. After several days of practice, I have now essentially gotten the basics down but there is still more work to do in order for me to really master each move. Doing this practice has taught me that in order to truly become a real Judo player rather than simply just focusing on obtaining victory, you must have respect for your opponent, as well as be aware every detail of each move to be successful. There is still one more practice session before my test and I intend to use the knowledge I have gained in the past year and become a Black Belt before I go back to America!
Thank you for reading,
Sanni Wehbe ・Exchange Student