Sunday 18th DEC 05 12:35am
KUNG FU SUNDAY
Today woke up at 6am and gathered my things for grading. Left my house at 6:30am and went down to Bedok Interchange to meet BoonYong and Milton. For once, i was pleasently suprised. BOTH of them were RIGHT ON TIME. Like. WOW. Should have went to buy 4D.
We went to the hawker centre beside Bedok Interchange and had our breakfast. I had a plate of carrot cake and Milton had duck rice. Imagine that. Duck rice at 7:30am in the morning. I tell you, that boy is really strange. BoonYong had a big plate of vegeterian Bee Hoon. After breakfast, we took the train to Toa Payoh. Along the way, Boonyong suddenly developed a case of stomach upset and we had to drop at Eunos Station for him to clear his crap. We finally made it to Toa Payoh after that and when we reached HQ, there was already a big group of white belters there ready for the grading. I quickly changed to my Gi and gave Milton instructions to flim the grading as i had the intention of compiling the footage into a VCD for our members at the Dojo. Today's Cheif Invigilator was Instructor Bernie Ho. Come to think of it, it seems that he is ALWAYS the Chief Invigilator during gradings. Today was also my first day as assistant invigilator for a grading session. Basically from our Dojo, Clement, Jack and his 3 other friends where taking the Blue belt grading (BoonYong did not take his grading and was cursing and swearing when he saw for himself how easy it actually was. Well, too bad for him. LOL), but he still made good use of his free time to ask some girl to call MY handphone number and chatted with her non stop for 45 MINS just because i have free incoming calls. Luckily my Handphone battery can tahan his abuse. If not, i would have broken that little boy's arm. Sheesh. Kids. Mike and Ranford took their Blue-Gold grading and Leong, Milton and Kenny took their Brown Belt grading.
The grading footage taking was really screwed actually, Mainly due to the fact that i was doing my invigilation and the other members (i shall not name who) from our Dojo never actually flimed the grading seriously. When i revealed the footage at home, some were out of focus, some where blurred, some did not even look like human beings at all. SIGH. Looks like i will have to go back on another training day more prepared if i want to do the VCD. After the Brown belt grading, the grading panel had their lunch break. Cheen Cheen was so kind and both both Breakfast (Prata with egg) and Lunch (Fish Been Hoon Soup) for us helpers with the grading. I however, accompanied the gang to Toa Payoh central and had lunch with Leong, Milton and BoonYong at the "Fork & Spoon" food court. After Lunch, only me and BoonYong went back to HQ to watch the black belts and DAN gradings. We saw Ashley there as well. It took awhile but we finally managed to see for ourselves the 1st Kyu(Black-Gold) grading all the way till the Nidan (2nd Dan) grades. Now, people might question what good is Aikido, is it practical in a country like Singapore? The answer is,
And it's NOT just because i am practicing Aikido. Basically, from today's grading, i have seen for myself that Aikido actually has defences for both Punches and Kicks. Meaning, we can defend ourselves even against practioners of Karate or Takewondo. As a instructor in Aikido used to say, You can give all the punches and kicks that you can deliver. All it takes is one good hold and lock from me, and your leg or arm is gone. Really quite true, don;t you think? As the saying goes, the Best Defence is the best Offence.
After that, we left for home.
Took bus number 8 and fell asleep in the bus. Reached home at about 8+, met up with Cliff for a quick dinner.
Monday still have to prepare for Chanbara training in the evening. SIGH.
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