I have just spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday completing the 3rd dan grading syllabus for Hakkoryu Jujutsu (I will discuss Hakkoryu in detail in the near future). I should feel relieved, but instead I am feeling very frustrated with myself. I have the 3rd dan requirements pretty much down pat, but continually failed to pull off a 2nd dan technique – which is of course a prerequisite for, and leads into several of the 3rd dan techniques. How is it that I could execute this technique properly for the past few months, and now have so much trouble with it? I had several high ranking instructors assisting me with mastering this technique, yet still only had intermittent success.
I will focus on trying to master this technique. I previously had another technique, tekagami that I was having similar issues with. Now it is probably my most effective move. Once I have determined the cause of my failure, and correct my error(s), I know it will give me a deeper understanding of the system, leaving me a better martial artist and more qualified instructor. But for this weekend, I guess I need to just be content with one step forward, two steps back.