Sigh... it took three days time for the testing to be complete. The second day I brought someone to drive me back home (sic. just in case, I was ~unable~). By the third day the head instructor offered me a place to stay, something delicous to eat the next morning and much, much arnica<sp.?> as I recall. A huge bottle of asperin, much ice throughout the night, and slept for I don't know twelve, fourteen hours maybe?
Then I was taken to my first class and I taught in the same location simply with a new ranking, which IMHO yet again I needed to live upto. It took nearly two weeks (maybe longer) for the bruising and swelling to ~diminish~ such that walking without too big a limp, smiling, breathing was not too, too bad (Kinda fond of breathing personally....)
My "break in" was fairly uneventful. But, the party held several days later... lasted from very early afternoon until very late the next morning. Couldn't tell you how many people, friends, their families, but we went though a huge quantity of food... yum! Anybody who had either gotten a piece of me, or simply wanted to witness or share their happiness... anybody was invited. Had I known you then, you too would have been...
The "breaking-in" lasted ten years...
but I think you meant what they did ONCE I was yudansha didn't you <g> ?That's a different story... more soon as time allows,