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billybob
12-12-2006, 12:37 PM
My chinese horoscope for this week begins "Overconfidence creates a risk of accidents on Monday." -- not the thing you want to hear when it's kyu testing tonight and you'll have to uke.

I survived kote gaeshi from the ex special forces guy quite nicely. Had a nice time actually.

Sat a long time in seiza while my seniors had to bail and sit cross legged. Neener neener neener!. Sensei had us stand up and shake it off so we could continue testing safely.

My left foot had gone to sleep, and I fell off it spraining my ankle in the process. DUMBASS.

Anybody else hurt in Seiza, or am I Kaptain of the Klutzes?

dave

Ron Tisdale
12-12-2006, 12:44 PM
Not me, but I have heard of people jumping up to run up and take ukemi...only to find out they broke their toes!

Best,
Ron (urban myth or really horrible day...who knows???)

jimbaker
12-12-2006, 12:58 PM
I once injured myself during the bow-in, which I think is a world record for fastest class related injury.

Jim

Cady Goldfield
12-12-2006, 01:31 PM
The first time I wore hakama, I stepped on the too-long front hem and took a header with a near- face plant. Thinking...um...quickly, I bounced myself up into seiza as though I had intended all along to make such a dramatic dive into position. Yeah -- THAT'S the ticket! :D

Mark Freeman
12-12-2006, 01:43 PM
The first time I wore hakama, I stepped on the too-long front hem and took a header with a near- face plant.

Not the first, and surely not the last, to perform this almost mandatory manouver :D

Hogan
12-12-2006, 02:15 PM
Not me, but I have heard of people jumping up to run up and take ukemi...only to find out they broke their toes!

Best,
Ron (urban myth or really horrible day...who knows???)

It was breaking the foot for me. Foot was asleep, wasn't allowed to 'wake it', starting to attack & tried to turn my direction, & snap!, foot went one way, body the other way.

Ron Tisdale
12-12-2006, 02:40 PM
One vote recorded for "really horrible day!"

B,
R (hope you've recovered well...)

DonMagee
12-12-2006, 02:57 PM
I broke my ankle a while back and never did anything about it. Now I'm going though rehab trying to get my ankle to be flexible again. I absolutely can not sit in seiza. I just can't do it. I've offended a few instructors I've visited in judo because of it.

Of course the docs tell me in a few months it should all be back to normal.

Ron Tisdale
12-12-2006, 03:16 PM
Heh, Don, just be a Real Man (TM), and take a 4X4 and re-break it! That'll teach that stupid foot! ;)

Best wishes on the recovery...

Ron

billybob
12-12-2006, 03:34 PM
Pardon me, the worst of all conversationalists - the talkative redneck, but

Thanks for these posts. Talk about overconfidence! I had no idea seiza could hurt me. I really appreciate learning about the broken foot.

To further expound on my narrow mind - I didn't wear sunglasses when I moved to Florida for several years. I painted roofs with reflective material for part of that time, and now I have permanently reddened and yellowed corneas - I look like a jaundice victim up close.

I guess the next question is - how does the savvy practitioner 'look good' in seiza, and keep blood flowing?

dave

Cady Goldfield
12-12-2006, 03:54 PM
-snip-To further expound on my narrow mind - I didn't wear sunglasses when I moved to Florida for several years. I painted roofs with reflective material for part of that time, and now I have permanently reddened and yellowed corneas - I look like a jaundice victim up close.

I guess the next question is - how does the savvy practitioner 'look good' in seiza, and keep blood flowing?

dave

Dave, not very funny on the "humor" forum, but you'll want to have regular eye check-ups with the opthomologist watch for any development of cataracts, as you're likely at risk. The good news is that even if you do get them, the treatment is painless and effective.

My trick for sitting seiza is to do subtle shifts in weight from one side to the other every few minutes. (Not sure how good I look, but it definitely keeps me from going completely numb.)

Hogan
12-12-2006, 04:16 PM
...I guess the next question is - how does the savvy practitioner 'look good' in seiza, and keep blood flowing?



Actually, one technique is quite simple - & something I failed to do: 'zen breathing'. When you sit, either seiza & in lotus, you find that you can "wake-up" your legs, feet, etc... from a sleep just by correct breathing. I also find it useful when I am bored silly & feel like falling asleep, to get me in the 'here & now' so to speak, by giving my legs a cramp & then breathing out of it (talk about a clear mind during ths time). Believe it or not, it works - even when sitting for an hr on a hard-wood floor; while everyone else can hardly get up, you can just pop right up (& impress your instructor!).

Cady Goldfield
12-12-2006, 04:27 PM
David and Don,
Come to think of it, I maybe be able to top your "sprain and break from seiza" stories --
Years ago, I broke my leg in seiza -- the left fibula -- while goofing around after class with another student. We were practicing some stuff in seiza, and in the process I got tossed over backward. My leg was levered at a diagonal beneath me and snapped. I heard and felt the "pop" and thought, "So that's what it sounds like when you break something."

I got a piggy-back lift to my truck, drove home (manual transmission) and had to wait until after Thanksgiving weekend to get the bone set.

Ah, memories. :D

Ron401
12-12-2006, 05:27 PM
When I sit in seiza at the beginning of class My feet namely the joints in my toes really hurt. But when i do seiza at the end of class I notice the pain is not as bad.
It must take me that long to loosen up.

aikidodragon
12-12-2006, 06:19 PM
my knees screem in protest. and i think thats a bad omen as i'm only 19. bow ins are going to be painful ocasions in a few years.

Pauliina Lievonen
12-13-2006, 04:39 AM
One vote recorded for "really horrible day!"

B,
R (hope you've recovered well...)It happened at our dojo last year as well. One guy jumping up to take ukemi, promptly fell on his face. He'd either broken or badly twisted his ankle, I don't know. Took a long time to heal in any case.

Usually at our testing sessions, it's ok to stick up a hand, one of the teachers on the testing panel will give a nod and then you're allowed to sit cross legged.

kvaak
Pauliina

billybob
12-13-2006, 07:25 AM
I'm told a very high ranking practitioner got up from seiza and fell flat on his face. He was such high rank that no one laughed and he proceeded to get up to his feet as though nothing happened!

How does this zen breathing work? Better question - how can I practice this - breathing out of numbness - technique?

david

Keith R Lee
12-13-2006, 11:02 AM
I'll sit in seiza for a little bit, but then I switch to cross-legged as soon an I begin to feel uncomfortable. There isn't anything holy about getting cramps in your legs.

jason jordan
12-13-2006, 11:16 AM
The first time I wore hakama, I stepped on the too-long front hem and took a header with a near- face plant. Thinking...um...quickly, I bounced myself up into seiza as though I had intended all along to make such a dramatic dive into position. Yeah -- THAT'S the ticket! :D

Don't worry about that mate....that technique is a common one called "Hakama Nage" very very effective!!! :D :cool:

DonMagee
12-13-2006, 01:29 PM
I just want to clarify I did not break my ankle while sitting in seiza. I broke it trying to throw a 220 pound man in judo. I went for a kouchi gari (Its hard to remember now, but I think that was my intent). He fell, but not like I expected, he fell into me instead of away from me (I think he was tripping before my throw attempt.). This caused me to lose my balance and I fell in another direction, the entanglement of legs lead to a large pop, lots of curse words, and a black foot.

My doctor said it was a bad sprain. So I waited. After not regaining normal flexibility after a few months, I went to a sports doctor. He told me i did ligament damage and most likely broke bones. Now I get to go to therapy to get my foot to bend again in a way that lets me sit in sezia.

That said, I'll probably milk the injury as long as I can. I hate how my knees feel when I sit in sezia.

Princess Rose
12-13-2006, 05:10 PM
my knees screem in protest. and i think thats a bad omen as i'm only 19. bow ins are going to be painful ocasions in a few years.

Iím also 19 and feel the same way!!!! I already have knee problems.

But my stupidity was a few years ago when a friend was preparing for his shodan. We were all goofing around and another student whispered in my ear that everybody was going to run at him as fast as we could. We all got up and of course I was the only one to run at him. He rolled at my knees and I didnít react quickly and wam. Swollen knee for about a week. Luckily it wasnít that bad. Just kept me out of class for that week which was miserable.

Cady Goldfield
12-13-2006, 07:01 PM
Don't worry about that mate....that technique is a common one called "Hakama Nage" very very effective!!! :D :cool:

It may be the only technique where one is both uke and tori. :D

Lee Mulgrew
12-14-2006, 08:17 AM
My chinese horoscope for this week begins "Overconfidence creates a risk of accidents on Monday." --

this simply means, drink too much beer on suday and training won't go well on monday! :) Voice of experience speaking here! :D

mut
12-26-2006, 04:10 PM
this simply means, drink too much beer on suday and training won't go well on monday! :) Voice of experience speaking here! :D
yea but you allways drink to much beer and wear funny boxers,and you always fall over on the mat........happy satanic time mate. :circle:

Lee Mulgrew
12-29-2006, 03:05 AM
yea but you allways drink to much beer and wear funny boxers,and you always fall over on the mat........happy satanic time mate. :circle:
there is no such thing as too much beer! and I don't just fall over on the mat either, anywhere will do! Can't deny the funky underwear though :p