On Friday, the kenshusei had their Dai Ni exam for 3rd, 2nd, or 1st -kyu rank.
A student from Ritsumeikan University came to interview Payet-sensei and watch the test. She is writing a thesis on foreigners pursuing traditional Japanese arts. Everyone waited while she conducted interviews.
All the kenshusei passed the exam with 1st kyu. Here’s their test in three parts–kihon dosa, waza, and finished.