There Was Apparently Only One Student Friday Night. (oh.... and I showed up too)
Went to Friday nights class. Turns out that a slew of people called sensei to tell him that they weren't coming. Someone had an opportunity to go to a ball game, someone else was injured.... etc. Usual life interruptions.
Usually if there are only a couple of students, Mr. Mulligan will cancel the class and have us work on our own if we like for some open mat time. Sounded good to me.
The weird thing was that he mentioned the upcoming test and told me that Ariel and Tony were up for promotion for their 1st kyu tests. Sensei and I have had conversations in the past about the fact that I need to take that test. I'm not sure if he is waiting for me to tell him I want to take the test or I've annoyed him in some way.
Also odd was the way he suggested we run through the test. Rather than asking me to run through the test with him, or suggesting that we both could use the practice, he said something else. He said he had a great class in mind for Ariel and Tony but since it's just the two of us maybe Ariel should practice for his 1st kyu test. No hint that my presence could be some benefit to Ariel at all. No thought that perhaps I should be training for the test as well.
So it started out with just myself and Ariel. A few minutes into class John showed up. I believe Mulligan asked John to run Ariel through the 1st kyu test. John did recently take his 1st kyu test and it's still fresh in his mind. But John's aikido is miles away different from Ariel's or mine for that matter. He's an older guy and extremely stiff. And extremely strong. What he may lack in subtle technique he more than makes up for with muscle. He could easily injure someone. Despite the differences, John did come up with a couple of good alternative techniques for the test.
Ariel's aikido looked really rough that night. But from what I remember, his freestyles are usually very good. When he's under pressure, his aikido used to get better.
I know that I need a bit of practice but Ariel needs a ton. Hopefully the test will be put off for a bit longer. I was going to practice with Joanna but she hasn't been around much. I'd like to take the test just so the clock can start ticking for the next belt.