Had a seminar over the weekend where my dojo had it’s first members going for their Shodan.
As we didn’t have many people available to take ukemi for the graders who where Shodan or higher it was up to some of the more senior students to take ukemi. I was asked to take ukemi.
There were 2 sets of shodan tests and 1 set of Nidan tests. Holly crap I am sore now and this was yesterday. Normally every month or so I get a good throw by my sensei or a senior person and think “crap that was a hard landing”. During the tests I probably had over 10 of those moments, including a kokunage from shomen (Tori come under the arm taking as they go to their knees making you do like a front flip break fall) where I was spun faster and hit harder than any throw I have ever had.
Good fun though and all the students from my dojo, 2 Nidans and 4 shodans past. The exception was a 17 year old brown belt who was asked to do it again when he was a bit older. He past but apparently our organisation isn’t grading shodans until you are 18 now.