This post originally appeared on my AikiWeb blog…
Tomorrow is April 1st. The Kenshusei Course starts at 7:30 sharp. Frankly, I am quite nervous. At the age of 36, I think it is entirely possible that The Course is beyond me, and perhaps would be at any age. Then there are the knees. The thing is, you never know how you are going to react or what is going to break you until you experience something. You can know that there will pain, but it is very different to experience that pain.
On the other hand, I am also quite excited. For the last 2 weeks or so, the regular students have been doing testing in the dojo, so every day is the rokyu exam as uke for beginners, over and over. It was getting a little boring. They say The Course can be boring, too, and that is part of the challenge, but at least it will be a challenge!
Needless to say, I hope to report tomorrow afternoon that I am still in the program and didn’t quit on the first day. It has happened on The Course before.