Well, the time has come once again... Legend has it that thursday I get tested for my green bar. Certainly not a high rank, but an accomplishment all the same. GoShinDo is not exactaly the same as shipwreck probaly remembers... It feels rather muddled. Its asthough the head instructor is in a rush to flood our minds with all he knows. Larry (who does 90% of the teaching now), try as he might to keep it to the book that Shihan himself developed, is often set aside. Despite my middling rank in the art, I now have nearly 4 years experiance with it, and have been shown techniques that are well beyond my "level". I enjoy the system we currently have with the belts. Its much more just a peice of fabric than a representation of where the student is.
I'm at the stage where come thursday I'm not the least bit concerned about not knowing enough, or being able to do the technique properly. Instead, i'm worried that I know to much, and am able to do too many techniques smoothly. When they ask me to do a defence from this type of grab, I know that its desired i respond with technique a and b. Problem is i've become so used to techniques c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j.... that they all blend together into some form of pain-dealing technique stew.
Heres hoping that its the ability to understand what to do and why thats more important, because I know I will use the "wrong" technique. but at least i'll be able to explain why I used it.