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06-15-2006, 04:25 AM
Hello everyone, I passed my first grade on tuesday and I had a bit of a funnyexperience during it we were doing randori and the instructor said show me kaiten-nage, which is ok but everytime I do kaiten-nageIalways turn with it to face my next opponent during the randori for my grade the uke's kept attacking with their right hand and soon after a while I started to get really dizzy because it was on the right sde I kept spinning clockwise to face the next opponent itwas really funny I had to stop the randori and stagger over to the wall to stabilise myselfI was wondering if anyone else has any funny anecdotes about previous gradings

John (King John)
09-24-2006, 02:33 PM
I know someone who did happo giri with a jo. Are you there Steve?

Yann Golanski
09-25-2006, 02:03 AM
My taughest grading ever started with sensei reminding us the etiquette for puking and passing out from exhaution on the mat. We knew then that it will be hard. Very hard.

Amelia Smith
09-25-2006, 08:00 AM
In my 1st kyu test, I was a little vague on the tanto takeaways -- I didn't know that the sensei would call the attacks, and I wasn't particularly good with one of them. Anyway, I got hit on the head with the tanto, which made a ringing, hollow sound. I guess my adrenaline was up, because it didn't hurt much.

Other than that, the test was fine.

Steve Mullen
10-16-2006, 09:20 AM
Yes John im here, and sean had to tell sensei bernard when io gopt up to do it this time, Oh the shame of it all

10-23-2006, 06:08 AM
seventh kyu grading....forgot that i was mean to be Uke and gave Shite a nice atemi to the bridge of his nose before he could do it to me......

Mary Turner
10-23-2006, 07:41 AM
My taughest grading ever started with sensei reminding us the etiquette for puking and passing out from exhaution on the mat. We knew then that it will be hard. Very hard.

Yann, what is :crazy: the etiquette for puking and passing out? I'm very curious.


Steve Mullen
10-23-2006, 09:30 AM
I know in our org the puking bit is the same as the bleeding bit, if you think that you can get off the matt before it begins then try, if not use the Gi

Jorge Garcia
11-03-2006, 04:16 PM
I once saw a man's pants fall to his ankles during his juyuwaza. It caused quite a stir!

Lan Powers
11-03-2006, 08:49 PM
I once saw a man's pants fall to his ankles during his juyuwaza. It caused quite a stir!

I saw a local Tae Kwan Do instructor lose trou in the middle of a demo once too....
It takes a lot of aplomb to snatch up your pants with one hand and clutching them to you - continue to kick and break the targets.

11-03-2006, 09:19 PM
I was told that in the 'AAA' if one die during grading you're automatically promoted to 10th Dan. Even if it's a kyu grade testing. :).


Jess McDonald
11-04-2006, 10:11 PM
That's sick!! :) (uhh...for those of you that are not in the now...sick means cool.) Late.

11-05-2006, 05:33 AM
a friend told me what his sensei told him when he did judo
you bleed on to mat (or make any other kind of mess) you clean it up
you make a clean patch on the mat, you clean the whole mat
you make the mat stand out because it's a different colour, you clean the rest of the mats
apparently only one kid ever bled on the mats

11-06-2006, 01:51 AM
That's sick!! :) (uhh...for those of you that are not in the now...sick means cool.) Late.
Does that mean you call 'call in cool' at work?

11-06-2006, 08:45 AM
Does that mean you call 'call in cool' at work?

Remember, the point of this kind of vernacular is to piss off and confuse parents. It serves no other purpose, really.

The Aikido approach to dealing with it would be to learn and accept it so that you undermine your kids' ability to speak in code. I do this to my daughter all the time and it really annoys her. But it also allows me to be the overprotective dad that I need to be.

On Topic: When she started Aikido it was my idea. She took to it immediately. So I decided I should attend one of her promotions. This was a big deal because of my work commute, but it turned out to be worth it.

Perspective: She was eight or nine and small for her age.

Randori: Sensei doesn't like some of the randori's he's seen so far and tells the uke's to "knock-em-down" if they don't execute the throw.

My daughter's turn: One of her uke's was a tall brown belt who took the "knock-em-down" instruction very seriously. He came at her like a freight train. He hit her hard enough to force her to step back and go down on one knee... :eek:

...at which point she executed a near-perfect sumi otoshi sending him flying in a beautiful arc over her head. His face was priceless. He was sure he had her when she went to her knee. :D

I wish I'd had a camcorder running.

Ron Tisdale
11-06-2006, 09:05 AM
I love that version of sumi otoshi! :)


Michael Hackett
11-06-2006, 02:06 PM
Nah, in the AAA, if you accidently kill your Uke during a test, you have to take falls for all testing until the next candidate kills someone by accident. If you die during your own test, the test committee helps you find your center by doubling your body over, tying it with your last rank obi, and stuffing you in a trash can at the nearest Karate McDojo.

11-15-2006, 06:19 AM
My first grading (5th Kyu) I was sitting and waiting to be called up. There was an open door behind me and a draft coming in. I got so worried that my feet were going to fall asleep that I got over my worries about my test. When I was called up I didn't fall flat on my face but I did get the wrong line to sit down on. Actually i did that at the start of my 4th Kyu test as well, I took that as a hopeful sign. When you start worrying about the ettiquet of the situation somehow the techniques seem less scary. :D

Steve Mullen
11-16-2006, 04:33 PM
Its funny how doing something wrong (or getting really close to it) can make you relax for the rest of the grading. in my 3rd Kyu (yes John the one with that thing i did with the jo) sensei called out the attack that uki was to do, in my head the terminology made no sense, so i see Uki comin at me and just cut and moved into him, next thing i know uki flys off the matt and im still standing........it was about then that i understood what the attack was meant to be

John (King John)
11-23-2006, 01:48 PM
[QUOTE=Steve Mullen]Its funny how doing something wrong in my 3rd Kyu (yes John the one with that thing i did with the jo)
I love you too, Steve :D

Steve Mullen
11-23-2006, 04:49 PM
I feel so happy right now.

Princess Rose
12-13-2006, 03:31 PM
Ok best thread ever!!!

Itís not too funny but my grandmother flew out for my shodan last year but it was in the morning so my parents (not morning people) got her to the dojo late. She had missed pretty much the whole test, but just as the randori part was about to begin I saw her slowly walking to the dojo. How we do randori on a test is that nage bows to his/her ukes when ready to begin. I didnít want my grandma to miss any more so I pretended to need to catch my breath until she was seated. I guess Iím not a good actress (I usually never need to catch my breath) everybody was laughing by the time I bowed.

12-13-2006, 04:26 PM
2nd kyu grading this weekend just gone; was asked for tsuki irimi-nage (aka coat-hanger for those at home) and went into total brain meltdown. I tried to do some very strange variations and ended up giving up because I couldn't think of it.

During the jiyu-waza I performed it five times without thinking. Go figure :hypno:

12-30-2006, 03:08 PM
Sean, you came up with the answer yourself. When you don't think hard about it, it just happens (assuming you have practiced it LOTS).

Mr. Miyagi said it best: "Your best karate still inside... Time to LET OUT..."

12-31-2006, 11:28 AM
Mildly Amusing.
During higher ranking (2nd kyu and up) tests, My sensei usually waits for the nage to throw two (or more)ukes at the same time to end the test. During my shodan test I was having such a good time and enjoying the movement, that i was doing my best to not perform this feat (either that or the stinkers were trying to make me go longer..) However, at one point one uke attacked with a yokomen, and while redirecting that attack, a second yokomen came from the opposite side. It seemed (to me at least) the most natural thing in the world to join the to ukes together. They seemed a bit confused to suddenly be hugging each other, but I guess sensei thought that was close enough to a double throw, because while the whole dojo was laughing, he called an end to the test.
Thats my story and I'm Sticking to it.

01-03-2007, 10:06 PM
During my sandan grading I was performing irimi nage on a 2nd kyu uke who wasn't moving fast enough into ukemi, so I shifted my top hand from her face to the side... and caught my little finger in the collar of her gi as I went through. I dislocated and fractured my finger - but I still laugh every time I thnk of the way I turned - still moving very quickly - to my Sensei, holding up my hand with finger pointing in the wrong direction, and saying "ow, ow ow!!". :D

Mind you, Sensei popped my joint back in, taped it up, and I graded for another hour...

Princess Rose
01-20-2007, 07:45 PM
Ok so this is so cute

Two of my friends tested today (both passed yay). One tested for shodan and the other for sankyu. What is cute is that they are married. They were the only people testing, so it was like a family test. And in our dojo it is customary to pass down the colored belts. So the wife, who tested for sankyu, received her husbandís old blue belt. It was so darn cute. Makes me rethink my whole plan of being the single crazy cat lady when I grow upÖ Not.

04-16-2007, 06:16 AM
I graded on Saturday (3rd kyu) and apparently i almost threw my partner into a wall:eek: ... I didn't see as I was looking forwards and not at her but apparently she rolled and then came out of the roll with enough forward momentum to do another roll only there was a wall in the way. I turned round at that point and saw her stumble but I thought she'd caught her foot on the edge of the mat...
Sensei apparently commented to my Sensei that 'there was a lot of ki in that throw'

04-16-2007, 12:32 PM
Sensei apparently commented to my Sensei that 'there was a lot of ki in that throw'

I'm not sure why, but this puts me in mind of a "testing" situation when I was teaching kids in Stockton. I was kind of an assistant instructor and the chief instructor was going through and evaluating the kids on randori in preparation for a promotion coming up.

One young lady was taking people down with, um, conviction. ;) A considerable amount of conviction. I was about to tell her to ease up, when the other teacher jumped in with "You are not a wookie. Leave their arms in their sockets."

To this day I still call her The Wookie when I see her. Even her dad jumped on that one.

Wookies got ki. Who knew.