Last weekend we had the Hiroo/ Azabu Juban Kids grading at the Azabu Juban Dojo. The grading was divided into three age range groups. It was very compact and all the kids did so well, especially the youngest range group who were all well mannered and tried so hard. Of course all groups had lots of special moments and it was fantastic to see all the cheering and support that was provided by other kids and parents. As Yamaguchi said, being good and skillful is important but believing one is not skilled enough is the best since we strive so much harder to improve ourselves. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes, that is human nature and that's what makes us long to grow into becoming a better person.
Congratulations to all the students who did so well today, especially the 3 who passed their black belt test. Also thank you to Yamaguchi-Sensei for helping all the students do so well and to provide so much motivation to go back into the dojo again.