Tonight, I passed the next test on my Aikido path and attained the rank of nikyu (2nd kyu)! I know I still have a long way to go and a lot of polishing up of my technique to do, but the sensei panel did say that I had a very good test.
Interesting side note… Nikki Sensei had a chat with me a bit after the panel review and told me that from now on he wouldn’t tell me if I was doing a good job anymore. He would only tell me the things that I needed to improve upon. He said that’s his standard way for any of his students that are nikyu rank and higher. I totally understand where he’s coming from and appreciate him telling me upfront. I guess the training wheels are really off now!
Two more tests until black belt status (hopefully, anyway)