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Ari Bolden
11-10-2006, 04:16 PM
Teaching can be a wonderful experience. It exposes one to techniques and situations never before conceived. It also exposes one to the pure innocence of children.

I was one the mat last week and one of my junior students in my kids class came up to me and asked:

" Ummm...sensei.....what happens if I have to pass gas while on the mat?"

I grinned from ear to ear and said : Well Mark, you'll just have to excuse your self and go to the edge of the mat."

He looked up at me and said " Yeah....um....some moves make me toot."

Ah....just one of those rare moments of laughter and joy on the mat.

Please share your funny kid or adult stories here.

cheers
Ari Bolden
:ai: :ki:

ChristianBoddum
11-10-2006, 04:50 PM
One of the other nights sensei said that passing gas is not bad,
it a sign that you are relaxed in the abdomen.
While being uke for him,we both ended up in in a low stance,
he announced that a wind was on the way,
and I had time to add that i was in the same situation,
so we let it go while finishing the technique !

This may be the beginning of a new style called Aiki-wind-do".

markwalsh
11-10-2006, 06:11 PM
I asked one of my kids aikido classes here what aikido was - one word or an animal (kids have good vocab for this). Responses (badly translated from Portuguese):

light
funny
fun
kind
creative
strong
disciplined
cool

butterfly
lion
monkey
hummingbird (flower kisser literally here!!!)
dolphin
tiger
kitten

(animals more to do with who the kids are I think :-)

Listening to kids rocks!

RampantWolf
11-13-2006, 02:55 AM
Saw a kid who was 3 or maybe 4 standing looking at a mirror with a very pleased expression on his face. He turned and saw me and said 'I'm here, but I'm over there as well... aren't I clever!'