You see the occasional bash to the eye or slight bump to the head in regular practice, but that was my first time being hit squarely on the top of the head with a back-swinging naginata. I’m okay–lesson learned, humility attained!

To wrap this little series up, yes, I did pass my test for 2-kyuu, but was told a lot to improve on. It’s still too early to tell if the 1-kyuu test will be available later this year or not, but regardless, I hope to improve on the basics more this year as well.