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01-12-2005, 10:58 AM
anyone had any problems training with a pierced tongue? im getting mine done in a couple of weeks and was just wondering. :freaky:

01-12-2005, 11:36 AM
Other than sounding funny when you talk for the first two or three days it should be fine as long as you keep it in your mouth. :D

01-12-2005, 02:44 PM
I don't know. I have a friend at work who has a pierced tongue, he has managed to swallow the pierce on a couple of occasions under normal circumstances. It may not be the best advice to do ukemi and randori with a pierce in. If it comes out , you may swallow it, or it may drop on the floor and someone may tread on it causing injury to their foot. These maybe unlikely scenarios but you owe it to yourself and your dojo comrades to take all reasonable precautions to ensure safety.



01-12-2005, 07:35 PM
For safety reasons, ALL jewelry (piercings or otherwise) MUST be removed during training.....and I do mean ALL.... earrings, belly button rings, noserings, nipple-rings, tongue, genitalia etc..

Apart from the fact that a piercing interferes with your energy meridians... If you don't understand WHY having piercings is generally a STUPID idea then ask anyone who has had a nipple ring "accidentally" evileyes ripped out and later requiring plastic reconstructive surgery.

Out on the street, any piercing I see WILL be used in self defense...
evileyes evileyes evileyes

01-13-2005, 04:00 AM
I used to have a pierced tongue when I was a student. It didn't get in the way of my (then) jiu jitsu training. THough I preferred to take the thing out for training. Be warned though, your tongue heals up very fast in the first few months, taking only an hour or so.

Jamming the thing back in can be quite grim (PAIN and eyes watering), if this happens, but I got it to the stage where I could leave it out for work and put it back in with no trouble. I would recommend a plastic retainer stud for training and practice leaving the stud out for increasing amounts of time.

.For the first 2 weeks you'll have the original plastic (cocktail stick) left in, which they'll trim to suit your swollen tongue, so once the swelling goes down, it'll be flapping about in you mouth catching your teeth, so might be prudent to take 1 week off training or until you get the real thing fitted

Got rid of it eventually as I got tired of it being there.

Make sure you stock up on soup, ice cream and mouthwash!

As for training...Just don't stick your tongue out at your training partner!

Yann Golanski
01-13-2005, 07:45 AM
Bridget, didn't anyone show you the "tongue throw"?... It's not a terribly well known aikido technique but is very useful.

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01-13-2005, 08:13 AM
Ooh, nasty!

Thankfully this was pre-aikido. Reckon the guys at my present dojo would have a field day trying to grab one of those!

Heard a horror story about a friend of a friend with pierced tongue, who woke up one night and thought she had gotten drool all over face and pillow, switched on the light to find...

Grim. Not that I'm trying to put anyone off getting theirs done.

Yann Golanski
01-13-2005, 08:32 AM
I always thought that the chains between the noise and an ear would make perfect grips for irimi nage...

Then again, I know of a few judo players that shave their chest hair to avoid them being ripped as someone throws them.

PS: you know, dyslexia is fun. I read the first word of the last sentence as "grin" not "grim". Or maybe it's just me... *grins evilly*

01-13-2005, 10:55 AM
on a related topic, anyone else get burns on the forearm from uke's stubble during iriminage??


01-13-2005, 11:50 AM
Actually there is one problem with piercing and training if you leave it in. Chipped teeth. I was talking to my dentist and he told me I couldnt' belive how many people come in with chipped teeth from those tounge rings. He couldnt' understand why they wanted to keep them.

I can only assume it won't get any better since you'll be gettign thrown around, literally.

Jeanne Shepard
01-13-2005, 08:52 PM
on a related topic, anyone else get burns on the forearm from uke's stubble during iriminage??


I got burns from stubble on a guys head when he did shihonage on me. :p


Alvin H. Nagasawa
01-26-2005, 10:16 PM
Well I heard more negative views on this topic. I would think that the dojos you train at have Rule's during training Aikido. If the Instructor is not aware of the safety issue. He should or the club will be in hot water. All jewelry of any kind should not be worn during class or seminars. One should wear it when he or she is outside of the dojo. But you should be aware of the consequences of severe injury if it's ripped of your body parts. people wear it as a expression of the individuality, I respect that but not in the dojo please.

01-27-2005, 01:58 AM
A colleague of my father once got his weeding ring caught in a pertruding nail on the back of a lorry. Once the vehicle started moving the poor guy was dragged by his finger until it gave way (the finger - not the vehicle nor the ring).

I never wear my wedding ring for practice - mainly because it's in the way when i work with bokken or jo. I can do the techniques with the ring on, but it lessens control of the weapon a little bit and it gives this nasty sound of scratching wood when I slide the jo through the hand.

I second the suggestion to leave ALL jewelry out of the dojo.

Fred Little
01-27-2005, 10:17 AM
At the NJIT Aikido Club, removal of all jewelry or piercings prior to practice is not a suggestion, it is a basic safety precaution and condition of practice, explicitly including piercings that may not be immediately apparent. That includes my wedding ring; on the one occasion I forgot, a junior student just walked up to me in the middle of class and pointed to my finger. My reply? A "Thank you very much!" and a removal of the ring, which I normally tie into a knot on the hakama's himo that goes inside the hakama. Inside the knot on the pants of the dogi is an alternative for those without hakama.

I still shiver when I remember the university judo class in which I discovered halfway through practice that my partner had a new pair of nipple piercings. I asked him to remove them, he told me that they were new and couldn't be removed until the tissue had healed, I declined to practice with him further. If I recall correctly, the chief instructor subsequently told him to tape them down until they were healed and to remove them as soon as he had medical clearance to do so.


Fred Little