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Aran Bright
05-04-2005, 10:34 PM
I would love to hear any embarassing moments from on or off the mat.

I heard one story that involved a very studious yudansha spotting on old guy putting his gi on and about to tie his white belt. He quickly ran over to help. The old guy looked at him a little strangely but appreciated his efforts. Once class started it was to his stark suprise that he was in fact helping the shihan tie his belt. Apparently his shihan believed that he was always a beginner and wore a white belt to reflect this.

I guess this is a story that has probably done the rounds before so something a little more personal.

I recently joined with my new aikido school. Very excited by the fact our founder was coming to hold a seminar. I was rushing into the change room to get ready for class when I flung the door open and nearly took out the very man i was going to see. I just hope he has a bed memory :o

Come on you can do better than that :)

CNYMike
05-05-2005, 12:38 AM
Well, I don't know how good this is, but the best I can do without potentially embarrassing anyone but me is this photo of myself from New Year's Eve practice:

http://www.aikiweb.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=891&sort=1&cat=500&page=1

I don't know what's worse -- that I look like I'm going to fall over, or that I look like I'm going bald! Because I don't look bald in this one:

http://www.aikiweb.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=707&sort=1&cat=500&page=1

.... not too much anyway .....

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Ketsan
05-05-2005, 01:00 PM
I was at an advanced Aikido class at our HQ dojo and we were doing kotegashi. Tori, who if I remember rightly is about 4th Dan threw my 3rd Kyu ass so hard that somehow I managed to land backside first, sitting crosslegged. Which would have been weird enough if I hadn't then skidded on my backside about 6-8ft managing to spin around 3 times before eventually coming to a full stop about 12 inches from the wall, all the while still sitting crosslegged.

CNYMike
05-05-2005, 08:32 PM
I was at an advanced Aikido class at our HQ dojo and we were doing kotegashi. Tori, who if I remember rightly is about 4th Dan threw my 3rd Kyu ass so hard that somehow I managed to land backside first, sitting crosslegged. Which would have been weird enough if I hadn't then skidded on my backside about 6-8ft managing to spin around 3 times before eventually coming to a full stop about 12 inches from the wall, all the while still sitting crosslegged.

I didn't read the "6-8 feet" part the first time, and I spent the evening chuckling over the image of you gliding from one side of a dojo to another, cross-legged and slowly spinning, while other Aikidoka pracitice around you, except for your sensei who shakes his head with that look on his face. Still funny anyway! :D Thanks!

CNYMike
05-05-2005, 08:47 PM
I have something that might be funny, but to just to cover my backside, I needed a way to set it up without naming names so I don't get in trouble (again). And I think I've found it.

Within the last six months, I made my first visit to a really big dojo. You know, 300 students and 30 yudansha. Yes, that big. And it had a mat setup like the one in this photo:

http://www.aikiweb.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=599&sort=1&cat=503&page=9

Note the wooden frame around the edge of the mat space, where (where I went anyway) the ropes were held down with these huge wooden pegs. And at the dojo I went to, there was maybe three feet between the edge of the mat and the wall. With a few hundred people on the mat for a seminar I was attending, it got very crowded, and it was very easy to stub your toe on one of the pegs.

That is not the embarrassing part.

The embarrassing part is that after stubbing a toe on one of these pegs at the end of Saturday's training session, I was talking to someone about it when I turned, took one more step, and one of those huge pegs went between two of the toes on my left foot, leaving a lovely shiner on one of them.

It was very painful.

"Do you want ice?" someone asked me.

"No!" I said. "I'm fine. Ouch!"

Well, depsite the fact that the relevant toes were a looked a teeny bit more splayed apart than their brethren on my right foot, I was able to put weight on it, so I gathered nothing was broken, and I went to Sunday's training session. Whereupon I had to quit for the day after five minutes of seated techniques because those bad boys do a number on my lower back. (Knees are fine; back, not.)

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

samurai_kenshin
05-06-2005, 07:22 PM
well, it was ricky's birthday, and we were all taking pictures (on the mat. Sensei made an exception to the "no cameras on the mat" rule) and my camera wouldn't go off. I got frustrated and swung it around, and it did take a picture...of one of the yudansha peeling off his gi. I look at that picture every time I need to get rid of the hiccups (the amount of hair on his chest really scares me.)

MaryKaye
05-06-2005, 10:09 PM
A couple of days ago one of our instructors was teaching a class of brand-new beginners, with a few senior students mixed in as helpers. He'd observed that people were reacting to ikkyo by locking their knees and trying to remain standing, and he decided to show that this allows an easy transition into sankyo. From where I was sitting, it was pretty clear that his intention was to do sankyo with a gentle takedown to the mat; but uke (a BIG guy) didn't see it that way and flung himself into 230 lbs of breakfall over his arm. The instructor blurted out "No! Not that!" and everyone laughed, the newbies quite nervously....

My own moment of shame is the time when we had some guests in the dojo and were doing rolling practice. I thought I could squeeze in one more roll--showing off a bit--and made a wonderful large round hole in the dojo wall with my heel. I had to patch the darned thing and put four coats of paint on it before anyone would let me live this story down.

Mary Kaye

karma
05-23-2005, 12:48 AM
Check out http://uchi-deshi.blogspot.com/, some amusing stories on there, look under the topic "Circle"

:)

samurai_kenshin
05-24-2005, 10:31 AM
quite amusing indeed!

Murgen
05-24-2005, 11:49 AM
When I first started I got the impression in my novice head that Ki-Aikido focused more on KI exercises than Aikido techniques. I told my Sensei that the 2nd day of my training no less and he told me I was very mistaken. I learned later that our organization is considered to be an offshoot of Ki-Aikido. DOH!!! I still have no idea how/why/where I got that impression. I still feel like an idiot when I think about it. :o

Stefan Stenudd
05-24-2005, 03:11 PM
Oh, I've doh'ed a lot. What first comes to mind is actually iaido, which we sort of integrate with the aikido at my dojo, so maybe I'm excused?

I was showing the students how to hold the thumb slightly to the side on the tsuba (sword guard), when the sword is sheathed in the scabbard. In case it slips out, you just move your thumb down to the side of the blade, to stop it without cutting yourself. I was very clear about that - thumb to the side, so you don't cut yourself when stopping the blade from sliding out.

Now, although I held my thumb to the side of the tsuba, it was evidently not enough, because when I made my sword slide out and pushed down the thumb, I cut it. There was some generous bleeding, and I had to roll my handkerchief around the thumb.

I looked up at my students. They all had attentive, slightly puzzled faces - expressions that also got me puzzled, until I realized that for several seconds they thought I had meant for this to happen. They thought that was part of the technique.
Well, not for long, they didn't.

Which reminds me of a similar incident - this time an aikido demonstration. I was doing hanmi handachiwaza against yokomenuchi, first just a taisabaki evasive movement - signalling to my uke to make additional attacks.
He did, very quickly, but happened to switch to jodantsuki, and I was probably far too involved in showing my good side prophile to the audience, so he hit me straight in the cheek.
He had a good tsuki. I could both feel it and hear it on impact.
Realizing - with additional surprise - that I was not knocked out, I grabbed his wrist and did shihonage.

Then I looked at the audience. They had attentive faces, not even puzzled. It was obvious that they thought this to be the normal way in aikido to deal with tsuki.
I didn't correct them.

malsmith
05-24-2005, 04:42 PM
i remember one day we were doing techniques that involved the uke running towards nage(im not sure if you all use that term or not) but anyway this guy was running towards me with his arms open like he was going to tackle me or something, and i stepped to the side slightly and tried to throw him...
well i threw him but while he was in mid air of his high break fall he somehow hooked his arm around my head.... :eek: and then he continued with his breakfall with me attatched... a few seconds later i was just lying there on the mats next to him dumbfounded. :hypno:
im still amazed that he did that to me... i mean i think i performed the throw very well, but somehow i ended up on the floor too! :sorry:

samurai_kenshin
05-24-2005, 05:34 PM
kokyu nage tends to go awry in my dojo...a hi fall from katate dori kokyu nage turned into a stunning display of human flight. On my part as well as Akemi's (not atemi or ukemi...Akemi...it's a name!)

Natasha Bradley
05-25-2005, 02:57 AM
I grabbed my gi from the tumble dryer and rushed off to a seminar in Amsterdam. I was doing some warming up excercises when a pair of Maisie Mouse (size four-year old) knickers dropped out of my sleeve.

Once we had a large class with lots of beginners. We were practising yokomen strikes and because of the size, the class was split into two groups. When my turn came I was paired with an ex-karate practioner, much larger than me and higher ranked (in Aikido). Most of the beginners were watching. Now, my attacks are usually the worst so I really did my best: the result: gasps from the audience - she really hit him!

Natasha

taras
05-29-2005, 03:13 PM
Only last Monday I went to see a dentist. I was in the chair in horizontal position; and when the pain came on ... I tapped out :D

CNYMike
05-30-2005, 10:11 AM
Lol!

spinecracker
05-30-2005, 11:51 AM
My first day wearing a hakama at the dojo was a day to remember. I had just tested for shodan the week before, and had a brand spanking new hakama. I was sitting next to the head instructor (an honour for new dan grades) and the class had just finished bowing in. The instructor told us to jump to our feet and start running round the mat to warm up. In my zeal, I leaped into the air with the grace of a panther, got the hem of the hakama caught on my right foot, managed to hop for 10 or 15 feet, and then collapsed into a heap. I thought that it was over and that my shame was complete, when a bunch of kyu grades ran straight into me (actually over me - now I now what it feels like to be stampeded!). I was sure my humiliation was over. I slowly got to my feet, looked down, and realised that my hakama was down round my ankles (so much for tying it right)....as it was a hot day, I had decided not to wear gi pants under my hakama......ah, now my torment was complete!

DustinAcuff
06-01-2005, 11:00 PM
LOL Taras, Just did the same thing today.....

Tim Gerrard
06-03-2005, 06:02 AM
Last summer on holiday, a mate and I were having a few beers in france. The conversation managed to work it's way round (as it always manages to) to unarmed combat, after discussing his unarmed training from the army, and how it could be expanded, he was eager for me to show him some aikido. So we stand up (swaying slightly after an afternoon of beer), I was just about to open my mouth to explain something when he blurted out "so what would you do against this?" and came at me. I did the first thing that came to mind irimi-tenkan and planted a punch on his cheekbone, down he went.
"Cheers mate, I thought you were going to do a lock or something, I could have figured that out!"

Well a couple of hours, more beers, a bust lip, and a suspected broken nose later I'd managed to show him the basics of aikido, and build on his existing techniques.

Not exaclty a 'DOH!', but I thought I'd highlight the fun of beer fueled debate. :D :uch: :disgust:

SupremeWarlord
06-12-2005, 05:34 PM
Last summer on holiday, a mate and I were having a few beers in france. The conversation managed to work it's way round (as it always manages to) to unarmed combat, after discussing his unarmed training from the army, and how it could be expanded, he was eager for me to show him some aikido. So we stand up (swaying slightly after an afternoon of beer), I was just about to open my mouth to explain something when he blurted out "so what would you do against this?" and came at me. I did the first thing that came to mind irimi-tenkan and planted a punch on his cheekbone, down he went.
"Cheers mate, I thought you were going to do a lock or something, I could have figured that out!"

Well a couple of hours, more beers, a bust lip, and a suspected broken nose later I'd managed to show him the basics of aikido, and build on his existing techniques.

Not exaclty a 'DOH!', but I thought I'd highlight the fun of beer fueled debate. :D :uch: :disgust:

Nothing like a cold one and beating the crap out of your friends.

Eric Webber
06-13-2005, 09:53 AM
hmmm...... let's see?
1. There were the ukemi in the parking lot of the dojo during a seminar party (ouch! :hypno: )
2. Dropping a wooden tanto on the head of the uke whom I had just disarmed in a kotegeishi technique (ouch! :hypno: )
3. Getting kicked in the head after my partner did a breakfall out of my kotegeishi technique :freaky: (posture IS important... and don't defend with your face! :uch: )

ooh, there's too many to list :D

rogueenergy
06-13-2005, 10:22 AM
My best moment was definitely off the mat. It was a few days before Thanksgiving. My wife and I were putting together a dinner for our friends. (I think we ended up with close to 40 people in our house for dinner.) This involved moving lots of furniture and setting up several 8' tables. When all of the furniture was out and only one table was up there was about a good 20' stretch of our hardwood floors that was exposed. I had only been practicing about 2 months and as such thought I had mastered forward ukemi. To finish setting the scene. The one table that was setup was on the far side of the room off to my left. I decided to find out if rolling on hardwood floors would hurt. On the positive side rolling on the hardwood didn't hurt, it was noisy, but didn't hurt. The sudden impact of my head hitting the edge of the 8' table when my roll went a little to the left did. :uch: Thankfully it was early enough in the day that only 2 of our friends were there to witness my talented display. :D

Thomas Ambrose
06-13-2005, 06:54 PM
A story from about two months ago...

I am still trying to figure out atemi. Not doing atemi, but receiving them...

We were working on this technique were uke comes in with a yokomen-uchi, and nage does an atemi similar to a yokomen-uchi on the uke's opposite side. Uke goes backwards to not get thwacked, and takes a backwards breakfall.

Sensei had stopped us to give some instruction to my partne while I was uke. While he watched, I attacked my partner, had a weird feeling in my face, and then notied I was on the ground! I totally didn't react, took the atemi, and well.. it worked! I went straight down.

My partner: Oops, sorry!
Sensei: Thomas, are you ok?
Me (Getting up): Yes, I am good!

Then I tripped over myself trying to get up! :blush:

Then I got a brief, and apparently needed lesson on the importance of avoiding getting struck. :)

Later in class, Sensei surprised me with a yokomen strike, and I managed to not get thwacked this time :D

Lan Powers
06-13-2005, 07:01 PM
And don't forget the classic "gust of an unseen wind"..........(Damn that Johnny Corino's)
Try to stand close to John when it happens, he makes such a wonderful fuss. :)
Lan

Michael Hackett
06-14-2005, 08:03 AM
My partner and I were receiving some correction from the instructor, a renowned and highly respected Japanese shihan at a seminar. The technique was, in part, a very painful wrist lock and then throw that we'd never seen before. The shihan applied it to me and it came on so quickly and so painfully that I immediately began tapping out like the Little Drummer Boy - in the middle of his back! He let go and I realized that I was beating on him. I apologized just as quickly as I tapped out and he looked at me very sternly and started laughing and said "Hmmm, hurts, doesn't it?"

DustinAcuff
08-11-2005, 01:53 PM
Anyone else besides me ever hit yourself with some part of your uke? Like the uke's elbow to the face during ikkyo?

Once a couple weeks ago we were practicing techniques from an attacker while seated at a table. Well, I got a little enthusiastic and threw everything I had into my attack and nage took me over himself in a variation that could best be described as a "yonkyo-nage" and resulted in a full face-plant+shoulder lock on myself about 6 feet from where I left the ground.

The best one is from about a year ago now. I was doing MMA/BJJ stuff with a friend who had a fight in a few weeks. He was working a spider-guard on me and I shot in to try to prevent the armbar I saw coming only it wasn't an amrbar.... Turns out he was trying for a triangle and thrust his hips up at the same time I went down. This led to me getting my nose busted on his cup. So far that is about the most painful-amusing thing that has ever happened to me.

CNYMike
08-11-2005, 06:59 PM
Anyone else besides me ever hit yourself with some part of your uke? Like the uke's elbow to the face during ikkyo?


Close. When I followed Larry Bieri Sensei to a seminar he taught in Cincinnati, I was working with one of the senseis on Irimi nage and I kept brushing his knee when I took ukemi. Anyone who has seen that old photo of O Sensei doing a "bone crushing" version of Irimi nage knows the implications of that, but I don't think that's what Larry Sensei wanted us to work on! :)

Tenor_Jon
08-11-2005, 09:40 PM
let's see, my very first day in aikido club, I left my keys in the room and had to waitt 45 minutes after it was locked up (we practice in the basement of a gym) to get someone to unlock it. Needless to say, I had learned my "ikkyo".

maeukemi
08-12-2005, 08:10 AM
Someone would probably excuse my lack of experience (I've only been training for 4 months) on this one, but sensei didn't!

We were doing bokken dori and I was winded. Had just finished a round as uke and was (Trying) to stand up when I forgot completely what one's supposed to do with a bokken when you're going from seiza to standing... other than, not drop it... I knew that... so I ended up leaning on it... sensei waited until I'd gotten up, then turned around and said "if Sensei sees you using bokken as a crutch, you're in trouble." I have heard "sensei growl" repeatedly but now have finally seen "that look".... :o Why do I think it won't be for the last time??

Eric Webber
08-12-2005, 09:34 AM
Anyone else besides me ever hit yourself with some part of your uke? Like the uke's elbow to the face during ikkyo?.

I've hit myself with my own training weapon :drool: ... while leading a class :rolleyes: ...with sempai sitting the peanut gallery :eek:

Thankfully they were very kind not to laugh before making sure I was okay :D

Amendes
08-12-2005, 10:27 AM
One student who was a bit clumsy where I train accidentally broke one of the big mirrors. There was glass all over. He and a few seniors went to clean it up.

The student who broke the mirror felt really bad about breaking the big mirror, and started to sweep it up. As he was sweeping crouched over, he sat directly on a piece of mirror which was pointing out of the mats. :eek: He jumped very high.

Everyone chuckles about that one now because its finally been long enough.

dyffcult
08-13-2005, 12:49 AM
Does training too fast in jo saburi with your high ranked partner who hits you in the leg because you weren't experienced enough to block his attack (yes, he pulled it in time and I only had a bruise) ... and thereafter watching your partner get chew-out by sensei because he was training beyond his partner's ability count as a doh when you were the one to encourage your partner to proceed faster?

Fifteen years later I still feel bad about this. I only had a bruise for a few weeks. He was good enough to pull at the last minute when he realized my block was not in place. (Else I think I would have had a brokken leg) I have always felt bad that he got chewed out because - I - was the one that encouraged him to go faster and faster.

Brenda

Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
08-13-2005, 06:02 AM
Kiai coming out of the wrong side of your body.

dan guthrie
08-13-2005, 11:11 AM
Kiai coming out of the wrong side of your body.


In my first few classes a very nice sempai was teaching me the correct way to do backward rolls.

Have you ever noticed how those unexpected and unwelcome kiais seem to love going off when you're upside down?

Sempai was "directly in the line of fire."

DustinAcuff
08-13-2005, 12:00 PM
lol Dan.....*shakes head*......no comment

Mats Alritzson
08-13-2005, 02:16 PM
Kiai coming out of the wrong side of your body.

I've experienced that, during meditation in yoga class. :)

In Aikido I've been kicked in the head by uke when doing kotegaeshi.

Simbo
08-13-2005, 07:18 PM
Thankfully they were very kind not to laugh before making sure I was okay :D

Its completely ok to fall down and roll around on the floor laughing when somebody wacks themself, after you make sure they're ok. As a pratical matter anyway, I'm sure blood's not the easiest stain to clean up ;)

emma.mason15
08-27-2005, 07:25 AM
got a bit full of myself for doing my bvreakfalling ... and im inthr run up to my grading .... doing the techniques with sensei .... and did a rather nasty breakfall from kaitenage .... sat on the mat at the end ... sensei's just looking at the me .... shock leaves and tears start setting in .... sensei takes me to hospital ... im sat in the exmination room ... with the nurse and nurse practitioner ...
Nurse Practitioner "how did you do this?"
Me .. "well I was doing some falls in Aikido."
Nurse Practitioner "so ... are you any good?"
Male nurse (laughing) ... "blatently not ....
Id get over the shame .... but I fancy this guy ... and I work with him in my hospital .... now I have to endure endless teasing ... and still have to wait another two weeks until I get to go training again!
moral of the story .....
U ARE NEVER SAFE!
emma aka DORY!

Eric Webber
08-30-2005, 03:33 PM
Leading a bokken class, working on kokyu/musubi movement - spiraling with the weapon for significant power; partner is standing seigan position - tip pointed to my eyes, I come from hasso gedan, enter in with a great KIAI!!!! :yuck: .....and miss his bokken :confused: .... I am left standing in front of the class staring at the tip of my partner's bokken; he didn't flinch, nobody moved (it was a good kiai).... and I look at my bokken like it has a hole in it. Most embarrassing..... :rolleyes:

Camille Lore
08-30-2005, 07:55 PM
Sounds like Aikido in Reading is fun! :p

Satyre
08-31-2005, 06:24 AM
I have had a similar experience with the Kiai from the wrong end...

kneeling, listening to my instructor explain ikkyo, feeling the increasing pressure of my passion-for-garlic induced read-end Kiai building and building...

The effort involved in not exploding was causing me to sweat and maintain an expression of extreme suffering and seriousness.

Unfortunately my instructor interpreted my unusual glowering for scepticism and took me to task... *sigh*



Most embarassing was allowing myself to be catapaulted into O-Sensei's kami in the middle of a large seminar...

Eric Webber
08-31-2005, 09:25 AM
Sounds like Aikido in Reading is fun! :p
Tons of fun! Lots of laughs both on and off the mat. :D If you're ever in the area please come visit, and of course bring your dogi ;) .

taras
08-31-2005, 10:36 AM
The following just couldn't come out any worse that it did. Disclamer: in the conversation described below I meant pubic bone.

My sensei and I were talking about hara and where it is positioned and not thinking at all I came out with 'That is why you've got a bone there to protect it!'

Satyre
09-01-2005, 07:02 PM
Doh #1

Was training with an absolute beginner yesterday... doing sankyo.

She was lying there on her face, the hold was beautiful, I increased the pressure. Increased it some more. I was feeling good about myself. More pressure. I'm thinking "Man, she's flexible". More pressure. I'm thinking "Wow."

My instructor saw the look on her face, raced over and spoke to her in most urgent tones:
"You can tap out at any time!"

In a very strained voice she replied
"Oh, am I allowed to do that?"

Poor instructor couldn't help but laugh: She had big staring eyes like bulging dinner plates, about to pop out of her head, sweat beading on her forehead. But her body had remained wonderfully relaxed.

Maybe you had to be there, but I thought it was funny.



Doh#2:

Tonight I stood on uke's foot and performed irimi nage. Uke fall down and wimper.


Doh#3:

Training with Sergei.

Sergei is a really nice, albiet, mad Russian, ex-military to learned combat sambo. He ist 1st Kyu. He elicits kiai's of pain from his ukes. His idea of ikkyo is to tear off the arm and bludgeon his ukes into submission with the wet end.

His idea of tekubi is to crush the wrist in a vice-like grip, and destroy the lower arm by digging his fingers mercilessly into the nerves and tendons.

I refuse to ever go near him as uke ever again. It took nearly two weeks for my forearms to stop hurting.

Dirk Hanss
09-02-2005, 01:48 AM
@Benjamin:

Doh#1 funny for you, not for your uke. Maybe she can laugh about in a few months' time.

Doh#2: inappropriate atemi - bad boy. But shit happens

Doh#3: try to talk to Sergei. Even Russians are able to listen. And later you have to learn to take ukemi, i.e. take the torn arm and leave with a smile ;). Really the softer you are the less he can hurt you. But there is no need to feel permanently like your uke #1. :D

Dirk

Satyre
09-02-2005, 03:41 AM
I did talk to my Russian friend. Trying to explain the concept of pain to him and that his technique hurt from to first touch to the final squeeze.

It didn't work. The only way to reduce the level pain an suffering when working with him to is be a woman. :dead:

This thread could turn into my diary. If I get through a single training session without a major "doh" I'm proud.

dyffcult
09-19-2005, 12:17 AM
Very enthusiastic night of training...don't remember the technique, but my partner expected me to take the breakfall and threw me so hard I almost rolled out the front doors of the dojo....I caught myself at the last minute. DOH!

Sensei commented that I needed to practice my ukemi.

Started practicing breakfalls the next day :-)

Brenda

dyffcult
09-21-2005, 01:01 AM
If Takemusu based....

Never, ever ask what weapons have to do with aikido.

Brenda

theflyingheadbuttsuplex
09-24-2005, 09:08 PM
A somewhat annoying side effect of knowing how to kiai (from the mouth >:-( ) is I will often involuntarily kiai when sneezing. This can easily surprize bystanders! :D

samurai_kenshin
09-24-2005, 09:18 PM
A somewhat annoying side effect of knowing how to kiai (from the mouth >:-( ) is I will often involuntarily kiai when sneezing. This can easily surprize bystanders! :D
good one. :D

Ali B
09-25-2005, 04:40 AM
Couple of weeks ago I was late for class and as they were just about to start Sensei waited till I had tied my Hakama... Everyone else was sitting and I was off the mat tying as fast as I could. Sensei starts to smile, then starts laughing... I mouthed what? but he just whisperer to another sensei then sat down. I did notice that the Hakama was not quite right but didn't think too much of it as I had no time to fix it anyway.

I had a great practice felt like I was on fire with the techniques and was felling pretty good about life. Once we were trying our hakama Sensei asked me how do you tie a Hakama adding "there is no right or wrong answer". I had to then try and explain that his wife had taught me and I do it like she does but I tied it wrong today coz I was late. He haw and laughs form everyone... My excuse was even funnier than the tying of it apparently.

It always seems to happen when you start thinking you are getting the hang of this aikido thing

Eric Webber
09-30-2005, 10:23 AM
A couple of months ago at yudansha testing, my friend was taking his nidan exam, and the testing panel called for randori with 3 shinai (we use the leather covered ones for safety and mayhem). Two attackers jumped up with their weapons ready, I grabbed my weapons bag grabbed the handle of my shinai, and whipped out ....an uncovered split bamboo stick. I looked at the stick, looked in the bag, looked back at the stick, and by this point the entire dojo is trying not to laugh in an uproar but did start giggling uncontrollably. Needless to say the testing panel asked for someone with a fit weapon to take the ukemi, but I was happy to provide some comic relief and tension release for the test candidates that day. And I got to see my friend do some very nice randori.

merlynn
10-25-2005, 02:34 PM
my doh doesnt have any thing to to with a technique at all but last week we were doing some technique and its quiet thirsty work so i quickly ran to get a drink (cherry coke) and rejoined everyone on the mat our sensei asked if everyone was ready for the next technique when i let out a resounding belch :blush: oh the shame i was absolutly mortified, the look of horror on his face ill never live the shame down :blush: :blush: :blush: :rolleyes:

Satyre
10-29-2005, 04:55 AM
Practicing ushiro ryote tori. Instructor was demonstrating a static technique with me as uke. I grabbed his hands and he requested a kiai. (An infrequent phenomenon in our organisation)

Instead of the polite basso hara grunt...

....what came forth was a long, primal, ear-shattering scream that blew half of the students off the mat, deafened both myself and the instructor and measured a healthy 2.1 on the Richter-scale at a nearby geological institute....

Most embarassing.

Steve Mullen
10-31-2005, 10:26 AM
picture the scene, it's my third-kyu grading, im taking it with a girl from the same class as me and a student from another dojo in our organisation, it was the first time we had graded in front of a senior panel (our organisation preferring to keep the stress levels down by grading up to 4th kyu in class). everything had been going really well and i thought i had got the better of my nerves until sensei (who in this case was the head of our whole organisation) asked if any of us had been practicing happu-giri (which is on the 2nd kyu sylabus). quick as a flash came three replies of "yes sensei" (all pretty much total lies as we had only briefly looked at it after class with a senior student). "Okay Steve you're up first" (glup, bigger glup, huge gulp) "yes sensei" i had secretly been hoping i would get to see at least one person do it first to refresh my memory. so up i step and give it my all "well done lad" comes the reply from my clearly impressed sensei "only....... we usually do it with a bokken, not a jo" one T.V. style double-take from me and the aiki-doh is complete

Steve Mullen
10-31-2005, 10:31 AM
P.S. I still passed tho, and it is now the stuff of legend and a warning given to new students to the dojo. also, the next class after the grading my sensei asked for me to be uki with a bokken and then felt that he should spend a few moments with me clarifying the difference e.g. the bokken is the one that is curved, the jo is long and straight etc.

Nick Simpson
11-01-2005, 04:00 AM
'(our organisation preferring to keep the stress levels down by grading up to 4th kyu in class). '

Speak for yourself, LOSER.

Steve Mullen
11-01-2005, 04:07 AM
mean, just mean

george-san
11-11-2005, 07:20 AM
Came for my 6:45AM practice... half asleep... bowed to Sensei and almost said 'good morning sunshine' (vs. good morning Sensei)

-Onegaishimasu-

Amendes
11-11-2005, 12:54 PM
I had a big AikiDOH on wednsday.

You know how they always see keep your hands up? I knew I forgot something...

Anways I got to see the new hospital and they let me see the hockey scores. :)
And the nurse!! Wow!

I scared alot of people too, when you make a hole through your mouth with your teeth it tends to not only look scarey, but leave lot of blood.

The funny part is there was someone wanting to join aikido and was watching on the edge of the mats with her mom and dad. Anyways after veiwing taekwondo they surmized that taekwondo was too violent and decided the ART OF PEACE was a better choice.

For some reason she decided she would rather take taekwondo after seeing my red gi.

LOL

Mike Haftel
11-12-2005, 01:21 AM
This isn't Aikido related, but a "doh" nonetheless.

It was the day before my test for next rank in one of the arts I study and I was at a regional martial arts festival/seminar with sensei. He is only in town for testing and the occasional seminar. We wear these Chinese/Kung Fu style gi tops with long sleaves. I had cut the sleaves off at the elbow to allow better movement and it was just more comfortable that way. However, I never hemmed the frayed ends so it looked all tattered and torn.

Sensei looked over at me about an hour into the seminar and gave me a stern look, "what happened to your sleaves?" I cut them... "No. You don't do that! You WILL have them fixed by the next time I see you."

Well, it turns out that the next time I would see him would be the next day at my test. We were a good 5 hours away from home and I had to get a friend of mine to hemm my gi top at 3 in the morning before my test at 7:00 am.

maeukemi
11-14-2005, 07:07 AM
Seminar doh, committed at least three times this past weekend...

I'm surprised the visiting sempai didn't run away from me... after all, uke thinking nage's elbow IS the floor and tapping on it -- hard... HAD to have hurt...them, not me. Ooops.
MJ

emma.mason15
11-15-2005, 08:18 PM
Seminar doh, committed at least three times this past weekend...

I'm surprised the visiting sempai didn't run away from me... after all, uke thinking nage's elbow IS the floor and tapping on it -- hard... HAD to have hurt...them, not me. Ooops.
MJ

Maya Maya Maya
will you never learn??? :D :D :D
STOP TRYING TO HURT NAGE!!!!! (its not big and its not clever!!!) lol

emma.mason15
11-15-2005, 08:23 PM
Im not going in to any more of my aiki - D'ohs ..... especially as it would take forever where I teach the mini-mes
Although I do have 1 little story .... about one of my rangers
5yr old lad ... my daughters best friend, son of my close friend.
right ... nipper comes to my house to have tea, and then I was going to take both the darling to aikido .... he took one look at me ... pursed his lips like he was thinking about something .... then bowed as he entered my house !!!
he continued to bow for everything after that .... drink of water .... going to the toilet .... asking to get the colouring books out .... IT ROCKED!
(talk about a power trip) .... i did try to tell him ...... HONEST!!!! :D

Steve Mullen
11-16-2005, 07:46 AM
Came for my 6:45AM practice... half asleep... bowed to Sensei and almost said 'good morning sunshine' (vs. good morning Sensei)

-Onegaishimasu-

I luaghed so hard when i read this that i had to explain why i was crying to everyone in the office. :D :D :D

dj_swim
11-16-2005, 09:13 AM
Got my first one!

So yesterday was my fifth (maybe sixth, I get confused because I got to get on the mat when I went to observe) class.... and I've only been doing rolls from the floor. Well, yesterday there were several more people than usual, and all of them way more advanced than I (I think the least experienced was ikkyu (First Kyu - sp?))

So sensei wants to work on some crazy reversal thing that I don't know the name of... basically it starts with a overhand strike to the head, nage steps outside of uke, takes the arm and turns it to bring uke to the ground.... no problem, i've done this before.

However, the reversal is where uke (the original uke) starts to go down, and if nage is applying too much pressure on the arm, he brings his arm down underneath nage and rolls him forward... sometimes with quite a bit of force... all depends on how much force there was to start with.

Well I see sensei demonstrate this on someone else and I'm thinking "Today is the day aikido kills me..."

Sensei must have seen the look on my face because she looked at me and said "You don't have to do this if you aren't comfortable with it.." So basically that means I can't refuse :)

So my partner is being really cool about me almost pissing my pants... we're going real slow, getting right to the point where I would normally roll and stopping so I can make sure my feet and shoulders are all lined up... stuff like that.

So finally I'm just like "screw it" and basically just hurl myself over his shoulder into my first standing-front-roll ever.

...

Next thing I know I'm standing up on the other side of the mat in between sensei and one of the other students, who themselves had just finished a technique.

I was completely stunned... I didn't feel anything, hear anything, nothing... I was just on the other side of the mat.

So sensei and the other student are looking at me like "Uhhh... get out of our way..." but I'm just standing there in awe... completely spacing out until finally sensei says "Nice roll, now you have to learn to stay on your side of the mat" (joking)

It was only then that I realized how long I had been standing there, and it was super embarrassing because I was trying not to look like a complete newbie in front of the more advanced students, several of whom I was meeting for the first time.

D'OH!

-Doug

P.S. My rolls after that were NOT as good, and I felt them, and heard them (as in, hearing each part of your body that hits individually "WAP WAP WAP"), and so did everyone else, but at least I'm over the fear of it :D

Steve Mullen
11-16-2005, 10:01 AM
Came for my 6:45AM practice... half asleep... bowed to Sensei and almost said 'good morning sunshine' (vs. good morning Sensei)

-Onegaishimasu-
Thinking about this I help but thinking that there are amny sensei out there who would prefer to be greated with good morning sunshine, i know mine would :D

Trish Greene
11-17-2005, 01:25 PM
My Aiki-Doh that had the whole dojo laughing...

It was my 3rd time on the mat since I started lessons, my first time practicing with "wooden sticks" and Sensei was teaching us a 13 move hit pattern. Well I am not that coordinated and my short term memory is not that great. Sensei started calling out numbers in Japanese ( I was still learning how to count at that point) and I thought he was calling out the specific number that coordinated with the specific move. I couldn't remember which move synched up with reach number and I was going allover crazy with my "wooden stick" trying to imitate the others. Sensei finally stopped class, looked at me and said "What are you doing?" When I finally explained to him what I was trying to do, he just burst out laughing and fell to the mat. We were just suppose to do one move, 10 times.. not ten moves one time.....

(silly silly me!)

bogglefreak20
11-24-2005, 03:21 AM
In my second year of training I was a rather regular guest at the beginner-class where there are a lot of ki tests and aikido basics being explained etc. As I was, so to say, the beginner with the most experience, naturally I was selected as uke whenever needed. This one time our sensei tried to explain the point of the "rowing excercise", how to do it correctly and what it's benefits are.

After showing the posture and movement on his own, he calls me up and says: "Grab my wrists and try to remain in one-point." I do what I'm told and he goes on explaining how you have to move with your centre instead of just using the strenght of your arms in order to move someone holding your wrists like that.

So, we're standing there, me holding his wrists, him explaining the theory, looking at the class, moving his hips back and forth. I'm thinking, OK, now he's gonna pull me towards him just enough for me to jerk forward and lose my centre and balance hence underlining the theory with practical evidence.

Yeah, right! Next thing I know I was holding my sore nose, seeing stars, hearing the class laugh at the close encouter of my face and sensei's mighty hara. I should have seen that one coming!

GreenLizzard
11-30-2005, 06:26 PM
1. Just got thrown, slid across the mat.
2. Uke for a rather rough omote irimi nage, rolled over backwards several times and hit the wall.
3. Tripped on my partner's pantleg.
4. Tripped on my own pantleg, hopped uncontrollably, then fell.
5. Tripped on my partner's hakama.
6. Accidently kicked someone in the face while practicing forward roles too close together. They were okay.
7. Dropped my partner while doing a back stretch.
8. Dropped my partner while doing kokyu ho (without ukemi).

Karen Wolek
11-30-2005, 07:51 PM
7. Dropped my partner while doing a back stretch.
.

Think that's bad? I dropped SENSEI while doing the back stretch. :blush:

GreenLizzard
01-28-2006, 07:31 PM
how about bowing to change partners and accidently knocking heads?

GreenLizzard
01-28-2006, 07:32 PM
Think that's bad? I dropped SENSEI while doing the back stretch. :blush:


Oh yeah. I've done that before too.

RebeccaM
01-28-2006, 08:32 PM
It's been a couple months so I can say this without wanting to dissolve through the floor: I smacked my partner in the face while demonstrating the kumijo six at my nidan test. This is after about three or four attempts to even remember what kumijo six was...I could rattle off a bunch of excuses but the truth of the matter is I just don't put as much time into my weapons training as I should. I also almost koshinaged my partner into the shomen.

Both my partner for the kumijos and I were testing. We both passed. Sensei was feeling merciful to me I guess (my partner was doing just fine).

And let's not forget the numerous times I've arrived for class missing a piece of my gi. Usually the pants, though sometimes the belt. D'oh!

CNYMike
01-29-2006, 10:55 AM
Think that's bad? I dropped SENSEI while doing the back stretch. :blush:

I'm no the other end -- my weight is floating somewhere between 215 and 220 pounds (I don't know what that is in kgs off the top of my head), so people have trouble doing a back stretch on ME. Doesn't work. :blush:

Jennifer Grahn
02-14-2006, 09:47 PM
Last year during testing... the kids had all finished their tests, and Sensei was saying something about getting photos developed "so I can send them out to all the testees." Then he glances around at us all and adds, "I mean, the people who are taking the test." All the adults start laughing uproariously... I don't think the kids got it though!

CNYMike
04-10-2006, 01:23 PM
This past weekend I went to the Spring Seminar at Cornell University. It was a good class, but after ~3 hours of training, I may have been more tired than I thought I was. Plus I went to the party Saturday night. I live 20+ miles from Ithaca, so two round trips in one day works out to almost 100 miles worth of driving. That's half way from where I live to New York City. And after I got home, I stayed up until 3 AM, mostly surfing the 'net.

Sunday, just when I got down there, I found myself slightly nauseous with a headache; I've recently learned that's a sign of fatigue, since I sometimes can push myself when I don't feel tired. So I left my stuff in a locker and went upstairs to watch. When they broke after 45 minutes, I decided I was sick of watching and would participate in the last half of the class; I would rest if I got tired. I went down to the locker room, got my back pack out of the locker, and realized I could not have trained if I watned to. Why?

I'd forgot my gi pants.

I had the jacket and the belt, but I'd forgot the pants! Even more incongruous, my MA uniforms are on hangars in my house's laundy area; I had looked RIGHT AT the pants and hadn't even thought of taking them down!

Maybe on Sunday morning, I was still pretty tired.

But I probably won't make THAT mistake again! (There are others, I'm sure.)

Perry Bell
04-10-2006, 08:34 PM
Hi All,

I have a confession,

It was just after taking my black belt examination, many years ago NOW and I had had such a good day I blitzed the exam feeling really good about myself, chatted up this really cute girl who was watching, got the date wow i was in heaven, going out side of the dojo it was raining I met the girl out side so I decided to show of how fast I was and run to the car, well I got to the curb on the other side slipped over and ended up under my car :blush: I don't have to say I did not go out on the date in fact every one still laughs about that day and that was like over 25 years ago

Ok its off my chest now I can go back to training. :)

P.S Don't tell anyone ok

Perry

Mika Perälä
04-11-2006, 05:19 AM
Oh, so many wonderful doh's! You've had me roaring with laughter when readin this thread! :D

Some of my doh's:

#1 One of my fellow aikidokas had just passed his 3:rd kyu exam and came to the dojo the next day and was going to wear his hakama for the first time. In the dressing room I saw a little white tag sticking out from his hakama and asked him if that should be on the outside. He looked at it, and then at me with a face filled with gratitude! "What if I had gone out on the mat, wearing my hakama inside out!?!". He took of his hakama turned it so the tag ended up inside instead. When we get onto the mat someone suddenly points at his hakama and says "Should the seams be on the outside?", he looks at his hakama and a horrid expression crosses his face. I look at his hakama and start laughing uncontrollably while trying to explain to all the others why he had his hakama inside out. The funniest thing of it all was that I realised in that same moment that we all would remember his first day on the mat with his hakama -- inside out!

#2 Our sensei takes pride in using me as uke for all techniques that involve pressing on pressure points, since I'm very sensitive to them. When ever I hear him say yonkyo my arms start to twitch. But this day, the day after I had passed my 3:rd kyu exam and was going to be uke to sensei for the first time, we were doing some ryokatadori techniques. There are some of them where you hold the shoulders and nage goes down behind you and lifts up your legs (don't remember the name right now), and suddently he said: "But if uke presses nage down, there are several other options, like this" and he promptly lands one of his nuckles on my foot, in that little space right above, and between, two of my toes. :eek: It hurt like hell and I fell over on the mat, screaming like a little girl (no offense to girls, but my voice was really, really high pitched!). And I who really tried to look cool and macho in my new hakama! Much amusemed ensued from the onlookers!

#3 The #2 story has been told in our dojo many times, so almost everyone has heard it. Well, 1 year after, on another seminar with our sensei, we were doing suwari waza techniques. He is saying something like "And then you can also do this!". I'm looking at him, perplexed, because he had not indicated what attack I should be using, and he just motions me forward. I hear people start chukling, but I'm still oblivious to what comes next. When I slide forward, what does he do? He plants his nuckle on my foot! And down I went, screaming in the same high pitched voice! Oh how the people roared in laughter! :D

Dennis Good
04-11-2006, 08:03 AM
I have many of my own Doh's but first I would like to share one from one of my partners. This occured in a Judo class. Everyone was paired up and doing rondori. I was a Yon Kyu but with my Aikido experience I was paired up with a Shodan. He is one of those overly competitive go all out no retreat no surrender kind of guys. I'm holding my own against him. My judo technique is not up to his level but I am no push over either. He makes his move, enters in for Harai Goshi, a sweeping hip throw. With a yell that can be heard in the next county he gives it everything he has. The only problem is he had zero kuzushi. So I'm just standing there dumbfounded, for about 5 seconds while he is pulling on me screaming like a madman on one foot and attracting the attention of everyone on the mat. I finally twist and sweep his supporting leg and drop him like a sack of potatoes. I then get a standing ovation from everyone in class, even the Sensei. It wouldn't have been so bad, had he not made such a production.

Jenn
04-11-2006, 12:11 PM
When I first started training (which was not that long ago - less than a year. I'm a newbie!), it was just after the birth of my second child, whom I was breastfeeding. I would place absorbant cotton nursing pads in my sports bra before going to training to prevent any milk from staining my gi.

During ukemi practice one of my nursing pads flies out and lands right in front of another student, a childless guy who probably knows nothing about the woes of lactation. As nonchalantly as possible, I retrieve it, turn away briefly, stuff it back into my bra, and continue rolling.

I'm not positive he noticed, but if he did, I'd bet he's still wondering why that crazy beginner stuffs her bra for Aikido! ;)

Lambdadragon
04-08-2007, 12:14 AM
#1 Several years ago I trained at Frank Doran Sensei's Redwood City dojo which was between my office in San Jose and my home in San Francisco. On Sundays, I practiced at a small dojo nearer my home, because I didn't want to travel to Redwood City on the weekend and Bob Nadeau Sensei's dojo didn't have Sunday practice. At this time, I had only been studying Aikido for a few months. At this third dojo was a very cocky brown belt. One day, in what should have been a very gentle roll, he forced me into a breakfall, and at the same time pile drove me into the matt. As my shoulder popped, it could be heard across the dojo. I had gotten up from the matt to continue practicing. Both the instructor and the brown belt had horrified looks on their faces. The instructor ordered me to stop practicing. I was partly in shock and partly numb (the pain had not yet begun). My arm was in a sling for a few months after that. :mad:

#2 A couple years ago I was working in Singapore and attending a dojo near my corporate apartment. AwYong Sensei used to enjoyed having me Uke when demonstrating how effectively Aikido works on big Americans. One Saturday, he was demonstrating Nikyo and other wrist preassures. My wrists have almost no fleximility. We sat in seiza across from each other as he would apply the preassure. Each time I let out a huge yell as he brought me to the matt (it was so painful). I would rise and he initiated another preassure. For about fifteen minutes this was repeated, my yelps getting louder. Once I glanced over to see the younger children sitting on the sideline in horror. Once the preassure was removed, there was no pain, but the brief duration when I was in the hold was excrutiating and I'm certain that the sounds I made were hideous. My tiny classmates didn't look at me as so threatening after that day. :)

3 Fast forward to the present. I now practice at a dojo near my home in Denver. Sensei had me uke with a katatori. I was tired and did not know what move he was intending. When he did throw me, I forgot to let go of my katatori. While I was in motion, and without thinking, I executed a one handed hip throw (I studied judo when I was eleven). Both Sensei and I ended up on the matt looking somewhat stunned. I also tore his gi. He prefaced his next demonstration with, "and if Uke proves to be as obstinate as David can be, then you can do this..." and proceded to wipe the matt with me. :freaky:

Princess Rose
04-08-2007, 05:12 PM
My teachers still laugh at this one.

A few years ago I walked into class late… as usual. I tripped over the fan by the door and as I fell grabbed the nearest thing for support. That thing was the very unsteady shoe rack. It knocked over with shoes everywhere. After picking all of the shoes up, I sat down on the couch… forgetting that my weapons case was still sling over my shoulder. Everyone heard a loud bang as my weapons case knocked the stained glass sign against the window. Luckily I didn’t break anything. Except my ego. From that day forward I was no longer a badass but a ditsy klutz. Oh who am I kidding I was never known as a badass.
:o :D

CNYMike
04-08-2007, 11:22 PM
.... I now practice at a dojo near my home in Denver. Sensei had me uke with a katatori. I was tired and did not know what move he was intending. When he did throw me, I forgot to let go of my katatori. While I was in motion, and without thinking, I executed a one handed hip throw (I studied judo when I was eleven). Both Sensei and I ended up on the matt looking somewhat stunned. I also tore his gi. He prefaced his next demonstration with, "and if Uke proves to be as obstinate as David can be, then you can do this..." and proceded to wipe the matt with me. :freaky:

LOL! That was funny.

Reminds me of something similar but less dramatic. When I came back to Aikido three years ago, I was doing ikkyo (I think) and one of us stood up a little when he wasn't supposed to. (On refelction, I'm not sure it was me, although ti could have been, but then why did he work on my partner? Anyway,) Sensei saw it, came over and said -- friendly smile and all -- "If he stand up, you can do this....." and slammed my partner down with a sumi otoshi. (See? Now Im not sure whose mistake it was, but as a result of making that correction,) Sensei was very pleased -- my mistake had inspired him! When he demonstrated the technique, the woman next to me said, "My husband is expecting me home alive." Fortunately, all of us new people could use a basic sitfall to take ukemi.

Fast forward to a few months ago. I don't remember exactly what technique it was, but when Sensei came over to correct us, and he spun away so forcefully I could not hang onto him! I don't have the strongest grip in the world to start with, and he spun out of it. "And if he lets go," he said, "you can do something else." Next thing I knew his hand was in my face and the tatami was greeting my backside. Again.

jennifer paige smith
05-06-2007, 10:46 AM
Lose pants, fall on face,:drool: 'Nuf said.

TeppoLeinonen
05-11-2007, 04:47 AM
I suspect this would definitely take the cake... (Not by me, but I was present...)

Sensei as uke to someone to show how uke can do a reversal... Nage standing on a hakama... And sensei does a nice forward roll ukemi... But both his hakama AND gi pants get left behind... Thank goodness sensei wore long-hemmed gi jacket... :)

CNYMike
05-11-2007, 10:51 AM
^^ LOL! :D Ok, I think boxer shorts should now be a required part of Aikido uniforms! :D

Ron Tisdale
05-11-2007, 11:24 AM
I suspect this would definitely take the cake... (Not by me, but I was present...)

Sensei as uke to someone to show how uke can do a reversal... Nage standing on a hakama... And sensei does a nice forward roll ukemi... But both his hakama AND gi pants get left behind... Thank goodness sensei wore long-hemmed gi jacket... :)

Oh yeah, that gets cake! :D :) Got any pictures???

B,
R

jennifer paige smith
05-11-2007, 11:51 AM
Oh yeah, that gets cake! :D :) Got any pictures???

B,
R

Because of my years of committed practice in the essential art of MUGI, I am certain my pant losing skills are superior in all regions. Hence our school motto "Winning is Losing".

Long Lose the Pants!!!! Viva la Epidermis!!!!

Selnith
05-14-2007, 09:05 AM
no an aikidoh as it happened at jujitsu (no aikido at uni *sniffle*)

kicking a 6'2 1st dan in the head and trying to tell him why it's his own fault
he was knelt on one of my feet and expected me to go flying across the tatami, it half worked, half of me started to fly, kicked him in the head and he did the rest of the flying
and there's the "don't you like sensei turner?" from the head of the organistation at my last jj grading, i was phsyced up to be throwing someone much bigger and more awkward to throw and then got JT who's lovely, but only the same size as me (about 5'6ish) and i know i can throw him and, well, he sorted went flying, even on techniques where he should only leave contact with me to fall to the floor
i apologised, i did, he laughed at me

Selnith
05-14-2007, 09:12 AM
just a few weeks ago i had a spectacular aikdoh!

doing a technique against 2 attackers, both bigger than me, i moved back to bring them within range of my effectivness, course it didn't work too well as i'd stepped off the tatami, got confused at the carpet under my feet, lost my balance and fell over.
then started giggling
wasn't laughing later when i had matching bruises on each arse cheek, which got interesting comments from the boyfriend every day till they faded

Angela Dunn
05-24-2007, 04:47 PM
I have just got in from training and now have an aikido doh.

We are currently training for grading,white and yellow, and I was practicing for yokamanushi irimi nage (Spelling not right I suspect) , somehow though my nose connected with my partiners elbow causing me to stagger backwards and just about stay in my feet.

The guys elbow was fine, my nose was fine but now guess who is typing this with an icepack on her nose. DOH! Still I got a laugh out of it, as are my parents as the icepack is actually a wrapped up icelolly....

only me.

Jamie_Macc
06-15-2007, 08:03 AM
i thought this was quite funny....

... Me and my brother are both second kyu and our sensei is 5th dan, and our sensei had asked me and my brother to take the warm-up.
as we were walking towards the tatami i looked at my sensei and realised his gi was inside out i quickly told hom and he ran straight back towards the changing facilities, me and my brother didnt quite know what to do so we carried on walking and took the warm up.

Millerwc
06-20-2007, 02:28 PM
I had a friend testing for sankyu, and he was doing zenpo nage. His uke, a rather skinny guy, took his foward roll. Somewhere in the middle of the roll, fate decided that his pants would no longer stay around his waist, and when he stood up they stayed around his ankles.

We teased him about his boxers for months.

Carl Smith
06-21-2007, 02:50 PM
A couple of years ago we had a very funny incident while teaching a new kyu 6 how to breakfall from a technique. My partner and I were taking turns taking ukemi from the student as he got the feel for what motions he was expected to perform. After his first few falls with me throwing my partner and I switched places and he provided some instruction based on what he had seen the student do. Sometime during this apparently both became confused as to who was throwing whom and before I could run and grab a camera (I really would have loved to get a shot of this) they basically threw each other and ended up on the mat still holding onto each other with one hand but in a perfectly symmetrical landing with respect to each other. It's one of the funniest things I've ever seen, we're just glad no-one was injured. :D

dalen7
06-23-2007, 05:50 AM
Well, mine happened around the 6th lesson.
I first came to class in black sweats and white t-shirt.

At the moment I forget the precise move, but you could hear a 'rip' and then at my crotch appeared a big hole as the seems gave way.

Obviously these sweats weren't flexible...liked them, but I continued none-the less with only my boxers being exposed. (albeit carefully as they are boxers)

And the instructor went and was able to find a pair of clean white bottoms that he let me borrow until I could buy my own aikido uniform (which I did the past couple of days.)

Anyway, wife was there, and we had a good laugh.

Peace

Dalen

Anthony Dunn
09-14-2007, 04:45 PM
ok, I have an aikidoh to share. About a week ago, I was attending the kids class (as a warmup for the adult class), and sensei called me up to be uke to demonstrate a technique. It was a simple throw and roll technique, but on the third time, my foot caught in his hakama mid-roll, and sent my forehead into the mat. My head slipped underneath my body (being lubricated by my hair), my foot broke free of the hakama, and I flopped over in a summersault fashion. I was okay, with just a bruise on my forehead and upper back, and a slight headache. About half the class was laughing when I stood up. Sensei said that was the first time somebody has tripped over his hakama :D

wideawakedreamer
09-18-2007, 11:34 AM
Last year I was practicing kaitenage with this kawaii Japanese girl who I had asked out earlier that day (she said "yes"). At that time, we were both 5th kyu students just trying to learn the correct form and motion of the technique. So we did it step by step. As in, #1: Nage steps to the side and forward, away from the line of attack; #2: Nage does this and that; and so on and so forth.

Finally we got to the part just before I was supposed to throw her. She bent down, ready to roll forward as soon as I "threw" her. As soon as I began to step forward into the throw, she started her roll.

Unfortunately she never got to complete it because I accidentally stepped on her hair, effectively stopping her movement and causing her to cry out in pain. I apologized profusely and asked if she was ok.

For a moment, I was afraid that

a.) our date was officially over before it even started

or

b.) we still had a date, but the accident was an ill omen foretelling a disaster of some sort.

Thankfully, neither scenario happened. We still went out after practice and really hit it off.

We're getting married next year, btw.:)

Mark Freeman
09-18-2007, 12:40 PM
Last year I was practicing kaitenage with this kawaii Japanese girl who I had asked out earlier that day (she said "yes"). At that time, we were both 5th kyu students just trying to learn the correct form and motion of the technique. So we did it step by step. As in, #1: Nage steps to the side and forward, away from the line of attack; #2: Nage does this and that; and so on and so forth.

Finally we got to the part just before I was supposed to throw her. She bent down, ready to roll forward as soon as I "threw" her. As soon as I began to step forward into the throw, she started her roll.

Unfortunately she never got to complete it because I accidentally stepped on her hair, effectively stopping her movement and causing her to cry out in pain. I apologized profusely and asked if she was ok.

For a moment, I was afraid that

a.) our date was officially over before it even started

or

b.) we still had a date, but the accident was an ill omen foretelling a disaster of some sort.

Thankfully, neither scenario happened. We still went out after practice and really hit it off.

We're getting married next year, btw.:)

Nice story Rafael, one to tell the grand kids:) best of luck

Mark

smokedbeef
09-23-2007, 06:42 PM
well.... i didnt tied my pants for my uniform correctly so when i was with these bunch of girls to practice techinques. (i was forced to work with girls) when one of the girls pin me to the ground my pants went down.... :( yes it went down and the girls where starring at me.... it was soo embrassing :(

yosushi
09-23-2007, 09:10 PM
I was not thinking much of how to tie our belts before this one...

During my nikkyu grading, my belt fell off.
My sensei was looking. My friends were looking.
Everybody was looking. I got lost in that thought
I didnt notice they were giving me friendly stare.

I didnt want to piss off the grading officer or my uke,
I had to finish demonstrating I knew the techniques,
I thought I`d better put my belt back really quickly !

Ah, I was stressed ! I tried once, twice, and could not put my belt
back. Really strange. What my hands had been doing automatically hundred of times,
they could not do.

I realised that my frantic efforts were not helping much,
and that I had completely forgotten how to tie my belt.
I realised I was stressed and should do something about it,
like ...listening to what my sensei had been telling me for so long...

I gave up on trying and trying with no result,
I took a good breath, and tied a big ugly knot,
with some of my belt still lying on the mat, and continued as if nothing had happened ( and trying not to step on my belt).
I felt much better ! ( and I did not trip over my belt ).

I finished...and passed.

Still hearing people remembering that day..."ah, you were the one with the belt..."

Have a good day !

wideawakedreamer
10-01-2007, 11:04 PM
LOL! That happened to me in judo class when I was nine. Except it was the teacher and he threw, not pinned, me.:)

TeppoLeinonen
10-04-2007, 06:30 AM
Last year I was practicing kaitenage with this kawaii Japanese girl who I had asked out earlier that day (she said "yes"). At that time, we were both 5th kyu students just trying to learn the correct form and motion of the technique. So we did it step by step. As in, #1: Nage steps to the side and forward, away from the line of attack; #2: Nage does this and that; and so on and so forth.

Finally we got to the part just before I was supposed to throw her. She bent down, ready to roll forward as soon as I "threw" her. As soon as I began to step forward into the throw, she started her roll.

Unfortunately she never got to complete it because I accidentally stepped on her hair, effectively stopping her movement and causing her to cry out in pain. I apologized profusely and asked if she was ok.

For a moment, I was afraid that

a.) our date was officially over before it even started

or

b.) we still had a date, but the accident was an ill omen foretelling a disaster of some sort.

Thankfully, neither scenario happened. We still went out after practice and really hit it off.

We're getting married next year, btw.:)
Okay, now this brings up two questions from me.

1) Wasn't it the kids, not the prospective boyfriend who were supposed to tear the hair from a girl? :)

2) You don't call getting married an 'impending disaster'? :) Especially since your wife-to-be knows how to apply wrist locks... And might still hold a grudge... :)

wideawakedreamer
10-04-2007, 10:26 AM
Yeah well, I've been practicing and she hasn't.:D

aikiborrago
10-06-2007, 10:59 PM
the first time i met david shaner sensei i was rather nervous. We were all standing in our line as he was walking down the ranks talking about keeping one point with weight underside. As he got closer to me i started saying to myself "gotta keep onepoint....do good one point for sensei". i could see in the mirrors that he had stopped right behind me and was looking at me with a smile on his face.
"keep good onepoint for sensei...can't look bad". He just chuckled reached out with one hand laid it gently on my shoulder dropped the weight and i SLAMED on the mat.

he laughed and went on with the lesson.

not really embarrassing....more ironic......but still funny

Grant McD
10-30-2007, 07:03 PM
The second week of the new semester this year (2nd year of uni) was when I discovered that getting to my Aikido class (in the west end of Glasgow, approx an hour away from home by various modes of transport) was MURDER, fortunatley my parents were going part of the way (dad was going to the big match that was on - causing more hastle for part of my route...) so start off late... ten minutes into the journey - Grant realises he's forgot his weapons - too late now, have to keep going, but that's ok..

I buy water from a shop, go to put it in my bag on the subway... no Gi top, now have a problem. Got to the dojo, explain to my sensei and he tells me I can come on with my T-shirt (had gi bottoms) I'm a student, Wednesday is an early start I chuck on what comes to hand - I was wearing a spoof T-shirt, with Ozzie on the front, blood dripping from his face as he holds a decapitated bat, giving a one fingered salute to the world ... thank God the class was small.....

:freaky: :eek:

Erik Jögimar
10-30-2007, 11:15 PM
The second week of the new semester this year (2nd year of uni) was when I discovered that getting to my Aikido class (in the west end of Glasgow, approx an hour away from home by various modes of transport) was MURDER, fortunatley my parents were going part of the way (dad was going to the big match that was on - causing more hastle for part of my route...) so start off late... ten minutes into the journey - Grant realises he's forgot his weapons - too late now, have to keep going, but that's ok..

I buy water from a shop, go to put it in my bag on the subway... no Gi top, now have a problem. Got to the dojo, explain to my sensei and he tells me I can come on with my T-shirt (had gi bottoms) I'm a student, Wednesday is an early start I chuck on what comes to hand - I was wearing a spoof T-shirt, with Ozzie on the front, blood dripping from his face as he holds a decapitated bat, giving a one fingered salute to the world ... thank God the class was small.....

:freaky: :eek:

I would've gone with a white Tshirt, but hey that's just me ;)

Erik

Grant McD
10-31-2007, 08:53 AM
lol, I learned my lesson - have a class tonight and wearing a white T-shirt with nothing (potentially) embarassing or offensive lol. :D

CNYMike
10-31-2007, 10:41 AM
I wear a martial-arts related shirt under my gi jacket. I've accumulated some Aikido-related shirts (big disappointment: No t-shirts for sale at summer camp when I was there. :( ), the rest are related to the JKD universe --either Sifu Kevin Seaman, his students, instructors, or instructors' instructors.

One week in September when it was kind of hot and humid, I was all set to wear a long-sleeved Inosanto Academy t-shirt I'd bought in Queens back in March, but it was so hot I thought I would die with that under my gi jacket. So I switched to the only light white MA t-shirt I have ..... which is also from the Inosanto Academy. (I have a white shirt from Harvey Konigsberg Sensei's dojo, but it feels a little heavier than the other one.) I make a point of wearing an Aikido shirt to local seminars, though.

HarlieG
10-31-2007, 11:01 AM
I have one....it's not me, but a friend/student of mine....so I can tell it....

We were at the Spring Seminar in Montreal and Yamada Sensei was teaching. We were doing some big throw, and my friend (3rd kyu) was in a group with me, and the group was mostly black belts. It was his turn to throw and Yamada was standing next to our group watching....he had been struggling with the throw, but he got his act together while Yamada was watching, and pulled off a pretty good throw.

Yamada Sensei said "That was perfect" and started to turn away....and as he turned, my friend (who had been trying to hang on to a beautiful zanshin pose) fell over. Yamada turned back and said "except for that part."

Priceless!

HarlieG

Angela Dunn
11-01-2007, 08:13 AM
Last national course I attended. Rolling into the head of the organisation after being thrown by someone else really high up in the organisation. Thankfully he stayed on his feet, I got up, appologised , again thankfully remembering his correct name only to trip over my own feet landing rather undignified. Got up, managed to stay on my feet this time and walked away momentarily in the wrong direction to where my uke was. :eek: :blush:

That was definitly a DOH moment.

CNYMike
11-17-2007, 12:36 AM
When I drive to class, I have my boken and jo on the back seat of my Chevy HHR because that has enough room for them, and the gi in a large backpack in the "trunk." When I go to Cornell, so security doesn't think I'm bringining in a rifle, I have the weapons in the long pocket of my Kali weapons bag. It's awkward to lug on my shoulder because of where the center of gravity ends up, but it works.

Thursday night, when I got to the parking garage, after parking, I got the weapons out of the back seat, walked around the back, opened the lift gate, got out my backpack, slung it on, and reached up to pull the gate closed. Thankfully, I did not do so very hard, because I did not realize that (A) the weapons bag was balanced on my toes; and (B) the top of my jo was lined up with the edge of the liftgate. But I found out when I brought the gate down and it bumped the jo, driving it down onto my shoe.

Ow.

Fortunately, the pain was minimal, and neither I nor my weapons were damaged. But it counts as an Aiki-D'Oh.

AnniN
10-05-2008, 02:45 PM
Most of my aiki-dohs seem to be some form of accidental self-injury..

Doh#1: with the 1st bokken kata, swinging the bokken round and hitting myself in the kneecap...:p

Doh #2: in the 1st jo kata, embedding the end of the jo straight in my thigh when it was supposed to go past me :p big bruise:D

Doh#3: 2nd jo kata: the end of the jo got caught in my sleeve, it took me ages to free the jo and continue the kata. all this in front of the class:D

Doh#4: when I was doing some tantotori technique, can't remember which one, I threw my partner and also accidentally the tanto with it, it hit her in the head when she was rolling :D

David Maidment
10-05-2008, 04:50 PM
Taking out two lightbulbs whilst practicing the 31 move jo kata. Mere seconds after being warned "watch the lights!". Thankfully this wasn't in the dojo.

jducusin
01-09-2009, 09:24 AM
Does tripping on your hakama during a public demonstration and falling backward as nage during Iriminage count?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrylhtH3tjE

Enjoy!

Akako110
01-18-2009, 10:57 PM
One time during weapons class, we were warming up with the Jo and we were swining it back and forth when I hit myself in the head with the butt-end of my own Jo! I was glade that sensei and all of the other senpai's (except one) didn't see... though one senpai was laughing so hard that he almost hit the senpai next to him!

"Here's to a long life and a merry one
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer and another one!"
-Irish Saying

wideawakedreamer
02-18-2009, 10:03 PM
I've done that myself a few times, both with jo and the bokken. Thankfully, no one has noticed yet. I think.:)

Jason Morgan
06-13-2009, 10:35 AM
We were practicing tantodori one day. The technique was a gokkyo against a "psycho stab" I believe. It begins with nage entering with a deflection against the knife wielding arm that is also an atemi to uke's temple. So my uke comes down with his strike and I perform the deflection but uke's grip is too loose on the wooden tanto. The tanto flies out of uke's hand and wham, slams right into my forehead.

Later during the same class we are practicing Tai-Otoshi. It was my turn as uke and somehow my partner and the other two people in class synch up the throws perfectly. The other uke and I are thrown at the exact same time and in such a way that we slam headfirst into each other and knock heads fairly hard. Of course I have to pop up and say "It's just my head that got hit, nothing important."

Rob Watson
06-13-2009, 06:07 PM
During 2kyu test I threw uke into the wall knocking off many old photos that hang there.

wideawakedreamer
06-15-2009, 01:07 AM
More than once I've been thrown so close to O sensei's picture that my foot was mere inches away from hitting it. Why can't we just hang the damn shomen on the wall? Oh right, the wall is a mirror.

Ketsan
06-15-2009, 11:18 AM
Once while going through the 20 jo suburi the jo came flying out of my hand and took a rather large chunk out of a pillar.

The jo didn't have a mark on it.

Walter Martindale
06-16-2009, 06:04 AM
Guests, practicing at Hiroshima police dojo. WHERE'S MY OBI?
in the suitcase. in the hotel. "sensei, I left my white belt in the hotel, I'm stupid, can I borrow a white belt from somewhere?" - so I go through the session with someone's spare black belt...
W

ninjaqutie
06-16-2009, 12:26 PM
That would make me very uncomfortable! In my old dojo, we used to do that to lower rangers who thought they knew everything. We made them put on someones black belt and the black belt wore the lower rankers belt. They soon found out that they weren't ready for a black belt and didn't appreciate being treated like a black belt.

Your situation is completely different, but I would still be embarassed and feel uncomfortable. Not to mention, at that dojo, if you forgot your belt for a class, you got demoted to a lower belt for a month. That's what is so great about being a white belt or a black belt. You can't get any lower then white right! :)

Walter Martindale
06-16-2009, 01:59 PM
That would make me very uncomfortable! In my old dojo, we used to do that to lower rangers who thought they knew everything. We made them put on someones black belt and the black belt wore the lower rankers belt. They soon found out that they weren't ready for a black belt and didn't appreciate being treated like a black belt.

Your situation is completely different, but I would still be embarassed and feel uncomfortable. Not to mention, at that dojo, if you forgot your belt for a class, you got demoted to a lower belt for a month. That's what is so great about being a white belt or a black belt. You can't get any lower then white right! :)

Oh, I was embarassed all right. I had been practicing for 10 years at the time and hadn't "graded" for a number of reasons (changing dojos several times, for one) but the sensei I was asking about borrowing a belt was the shihan for Canadian Aikido Fed. He laughed and handed me the borrowed black belt and said something along the lines of "it's OK, wear it today" when I protested that I was only nikyu and shouldn't be wearing a black belt...
Walter

Jesse Legon
06-17-2009, 08:25 AM
LOL @ the poor guy given a black belt to borrow! I would have been MORTIFIED!

I have heard about an incident at our dojo when in class a gokyu would not shut up and kept making comments and the sensei took off his belt and held it out to him saying 'here, take it'.

Obviously the gokyu instantly shut up, but jeeeez, how embarrassing for the poor guy! :hypno:

Ron Tisdale
06-17-2009, 08:28 AM
I've known a couple of people that would have worked on...

Probably myself too, at one time or another! :eek:

B,
R ;)

ninjaqutie
06-17-2009, 10:25 AM
It is a great method to use. Poor little yellow and green belts wearing a black belt. They always eagerly took it... then were forced to keep it when they wanted to give it back. :) They soon found out they didn't know so much, couldn't teach, couldn't do higher level katas, couldn't take throws, etc.

One poor kid went out in the middle of the room all proud wearing one of my instructors black belts. She told him to get a bokken and do sword kata #1. The poor kid stood out there for a good 10 minutes while we all stood in the back of the room and stared at him. Finally he said "I don't know the kata... I'm just a yellow belt." My sensei said "Are you sure? You were just offering purple and brown belts advice. Only a black belt would do something like that." Never did have much of a problem with that kid after that. :)

AnaSophia
06-29-2009, 06:01 PM
Kicked my partner while taking ukemi from shihonage or kotegaeshi.

Dropped someone while performing a back stretch.

Unintentionally slapped uke in the face during a modified iriminage.

Started to roll, saw someone in front of me, and planted my face in the mat so I wouldn't roll into her. I got a concussion. She didn't notice.

Absentmindedly bowed at the beginning of class at a point where you're not supposed to bow. it was a beginner class, so I was one of the more senior students there, and everyone else followed my lead. Sensei looks amused and says "well that's interesting"...

Accidentally reversed a shodan while taking ukemi from shihonage, after practicing for less than a month.

Threw an 11-year-old, injured, beginner student so hard that she simply crumpled into a ball.

Made a high-pitched squeek when a sandan approached me from behind and said ONEGAISHIMASU rather loudly.

one of my favorites: after being absent from the dojo for a week or two, I came back to see a new face. I was working with him on a kotegaeshi. Assuming he was a brand new student, I gently told him "you know, it doesn't really feel like you're getting me off balance..." he responds, "oh, you want me to?" and slammed me so hard I almost did my first-ever standing breakfall. turns out that he's an ikkyu student that had just come back to the dojo after a long-term injury. woops.

Janet Rosen
06-29-2009, 07:12 PM
Accidentally reversed a shodan while taking ukemi from shihonage, after practicing for less than a month.

LOL at your list! but this one...I'd be darned proud :-)

Jesse Legon
07-20-2009, 07:45 PM
Managed to split my trousers from knee to crotch today. Yay. My partner was supremely amused.

Once Sensei was pairing people together and I had been partnered already, so I was enjoying a long, deep, satisfying, lion-yawn when Sensei changed his mind and turned to see me yawning. He did a mini-bow and said 'shitsureshimasu' (roughly meaning 'sorry to disturb you') Whole class laughed. Oh well!

Countless aiki-dohs stemming from having poor Japanese in a Japanese dojo. I'm a gaijin and am therefore expected to make mistakes so no one seems to mind. For some reason I usually stand with the boys when I'm supposed to be with the girls, wander aimlessly round the mat when I have not understood where I'm supposed to be and once I FORGOT TO REI TO SHIHAN!! :eek: I realised as soon as I had done it and followed him around hoping for another chance, but it was not forthcoming. Oh well, he always beams at me so I got away with it I guess!

Shadowfax
07-25-2009, 05:55 AM
My boss had got it in his head to work me two doubles in a row again on weekends. 12 hour shifts on my feet and moving constantly with little break time tends to do a number on my knees and legs.

So Sunday nights class. I am asked up to help demonstrate a technique.This is a first for me and I was pretty happy to be asked. So after taking a fall from the technique I get back up..... totally loose my balance and collapse backward in a heap......not even a graceful fall and certainly not good ukemmi.....Simply had no power in my legs to prevent it. Jumped back up apologized and kept going.....

Next time I sure hope I at least control the fall and make it look good.:o

Ketsan
11-08-2009, 04:31 PM
Today I raised my bokken up to cut shomen and there was the odd sound of it hitting something plastic. I immediately felt really quite sick. I'd just stabbed O-Sensei. :D

Shadowfax
12-10-2009, 08:18 PM
hmmmm well.....

Sensei Garth had us doing all kinds of new (too me) stuff tonight. All rather interesting... but the Aiki Otoshi totally took the cake.... I was working in wiht Sensei Tara and another student and trying to figure out how this one worked. Having a bit of an issue with the ukemi and I was sure it was going to happen....

then it did.

I went in for he attack.

Sensei Tara dropped into place.

And I managed to very ungracefully trip over and then flatten her.:sorry:

Ummm....good reversal or just another funky version of bowling for senseis?:straightf

repTABOR
12-27-2009, 12:28 AM
Here are a few different stories, not in any particular order:

1 - We were practicing punch evasions in practice one day and my instructor was getting annoyed because I wasn't really trying to hit him. He planted his feet, put his arms down at his side and positioned his head forward a bit and said "now, hit me." I figured he would move at the last second, but he didn't and I ended up punching him right in the face.

2 - I don't get to do Aikido very often now that I've graduated, but I occasionally drive back to campus to practice and hang out with my friends. During one particular visit, I hadn't seen one specific friend in over a month. When she stepped into the studio and saw me she called out at me, raised her arms and charged at me, full speed. My first reaction was to take her down to the mat, which apparently was not what she had in mind... "Matt!" she yelled, "I just wanted a hug!"

3a - I have Tourette's Syndrome and some of my tics involve snapping my fingers and one-hand-clapping, so my hands are much stronger than what you would expect for someone my size (145 lbs). This tends to surprise people when applying the Yonkyo nerve pinch :D

3b - I was working on Nikyo with a new girl, teaching her how to go down to one knee and to tap out when it hurt. At the end of class, when it was time to shake hands and thank our partners, I approached her, said "thank you" and shook her hand. Then she fell to one knee and tapped out :sorry:

3c - Fortunately, a lot of the other students think it's funny that I (accidentally) squeeze so hard and sometimes try to squeeze my hand as hard as they can. I just laugh and steadily increase the pressure until they submit :)

4 - I was once helping a new girl with one of the kokyunage variations and showed her an example of how with the right balance and momentum it's even possible to only use one arm. I didn't anticipate that my example would be THAT helpful, so I wasn't prepared for her next try and she threw me into a heap on the ground :p

5 - Sometimes I get a charley horse on the bottom of my foot during seiza, so I usually sit cross legged instead, but on a few occasions I've been able to sit in seiza for several minutes while the instructor was speaking. Unfortunately, almost every time my ankles lock in that position and then I'll either jump up quickly and fall right back down or have to stretch my feet back into their standard standing position before I can get up.

Risu
01-26-2010, 10:25 PM
At a fundraiser, the guest sensei called me up for ukemi. I don't remember the technique, but he wanted me to do joudan tsuki (I think it was something about moving off-line). So, I proceeded to punch at his face for a couple of minutes, thinking it weird that he didn't start doing a technique, and, instead, kept entering and turning. I finally realized, when I heard him repeating "holy smokes", that he had told me to attack differently after a few punches. I looked at my sensei, and saw him indicating ryote dori. I, brain-fried, politely asked to sit aside for a bit. :sorry:

Needless to say, I'm glad that he's good at moving off-line.:rolleyes:

ilia rudnitskiy
01-27-2010, 11:43 PM
Oh, I was embarassed all right. I had been practicing for 10 years at the time and hadn't "graded" for a number of reasons (changing dojos several times, for one) but the sensei I was asking about borrowing a belt was the shihan for Canadian Aikido Fed. He laughed and handed me the borrowed black belt and said something along the lines of "it's OK, wear it today" when I protested that I was only nikyu and shouldn't be wearing a black belt...
Walter

I'm assuming you're talking about Kawahara Sensei... he's a funny guy... he once gave me a yellow belt (even though we don't do coloured belts here), when I got my gokyu (that he just gave me without testing me). I was 11 or 12 at the time but I still felt weird being the only coloured belt around.

Tatsukage
07-03-2010, 04:43 PM
So, there I was, one of my first Aikido classes all those moons ago, and I had recently gotten out of the more aggressive martial arts such as JKD, Muay Thai, etc...Well, Sensei was using me for demo for I believe kotegaeshi...well, I was used to anything goes, so out of instinct when I went off to the side, I twisted my body and the next thing I know there's a head atemi to the sensei...needless to say, when I had landed, much pain insued. "Head atemi Mr. Faulkenbury?" *cranks down on wrist, shoulder, and elbow* *taptaptaptap* "We do not allow such things in this dojo Mr. Faulkenbury" *follows with reverse kasegatame* *taptaptap*

CNYMike
08-05-2010, 08:16 PM
This happened a week ago Monday and yes, a prospective student was watching the class. The class went without incident, but while I was helping to stack the mats, my pants started to fall down! I caught them at once and even then was thankful I wear briefs. Like I said, only happens with a new person present. I think sensei was talking to them, so maybe nobody noticed, but I still had to come in and humiliate myself. :o

Daniel Lloyd
08-11-2010, 01:22 AM
Back when I was first starting Aikido, I was in the beginners course doing backward rolls and my pants split - however i didn't find out until i got home the SECOND time this happened. :P Pants split from hip to the back of my knee. LUCKILY my cargo pants had a darker coloured mesh underneath. At least I know where that pleasant breeze was coming from. XD

Brice Biggerstaff
10-13-2010, 07:37 PM
My list is long, but I'll offer this one up first. I had been teaching for several years and had a new class group that was coming along very well. We were working on a kokyu-nage from ski-strike, stepping behind and catching the shoulders, stopping them and setting uke down backwards. Not supposed to grab the shoulders, just stop them, but somehow the grab almost always happens.

My uke is a petite, very attractive, oriental lady, intermediate belt, and she goes into the strike well. I move, catch her shoulders, yep catch her shoulders, actually catch the shoulders of her gi... and it comes completely off in my hands! (to this day, I am not sure how this happened). For a fraction of a second, I am standing there with the gi in my hands, like whipping the tablecloth out from under the plates, while she sits down in seeming slow motion, with this puzzled look on her face (and a t-shirt on fortunately), which is nothing compared to the stunned look on my face, I assure you. Then, nearly before she hits the mat, I whip the gi top back around her like a cloak, and step back in utter confusion. The rest of the class (which includes her brothers, sisters, nephew, niece, etc.) all have the same stunned looks on their faces for about 5 seconds while I'm trying to think of something to say and then they just all fall over laughing.

We all recovered, but it was a long time before I could demonstrate that technique without a lot of raised eyebrows and smothered laughter.

ravenest
11-19-2010, 05:49 PM
Cant remember the pin but the 'unsmall' woman I am training with is tapping out. "What's wrong?" I asked, 'I haven't started applying any pressure yet."

"You're kneeling on my breast!"

- "Oh ... really sorry about that!" :sorry:

Walter Martindale
11-21-2010, 12:16 PM
One for which I paid dearly... not Aiki, though - a Ju-d'oh. As a gokyu practicing for the first time with Doug (godan, olympic silver medalist) Rogers. Somehow, between his throwing me around at will, I took a grip, entered; tsuri-komi-goshi happened, and there's Doug, taking ukemi, laughing all the way down. I never did figure out how I did it, but I sure got some air time after he got back up. Not nasty, just lots of time flying around the dojo.
W

Diana Frese
01-04-2011, 10:41 AM
Just found this thread and my d'oh is an admonition to be careful
stepping on the mat if you've been out for years. Schedule
didn't permit me to visit evenings, so there I was as a spectator
at a seminar at the local dojo. You know the spectator helps
with the pix for the group photo? Stepped on the mat with the
dojo's camera, not used to the springy tatami, and fell
backwards into the seating area.

Diana Frese
01-04-2011, 10:49 AM
By the way, my husband has been taking judo for a couple of
years and he will love post number 142. He's always mentioning
the techniques by name, because I took judo in college and
am sort of familiar with them. He's taking tax class today and
it's a great story to greet him with when he gets back. Thanks
for all your stories, friends, and I will enjoy re reading them at
leisure.....

Lari Hammarberg
01-10-2011, 06:15 PM
Ok, here's some recent ones... All this in latest class.

First of all, i was late... I was changing my practice clothes on(I don't have a gi yet.) and in my haste managed to split my pants. :D Not totally but enough to be noticeable. My foot stuck and ripped though.. Well, no other choise than put the broken pants on and head to the mat.

When i entered the dojo, i see we have Shodan there, haven't seen him before it... And i'm late.. Well, i humbly bowed, apologised for being late and our shodan guided me to do some streches and then join the practice.

We were doing Ikkyo for the whole class, many different techniues, stuff which have ikkyo done one way or another. I started the technique showed with the only woman in our dojo, nice girl and rather good to do techniques.. Well, she throws me and i just though that hopefully my already broken pants hold in one piece.. She throws me, i land to the mat with reasonable good ukemi. And when i got up... *Screech* goes my pants. Damn i was embarrased for a moment. You can guess how the girl laughed and giggled. Well i laughed too and told her i already broke my pants before the class so i dont have much to loose. :D

Then later in the class, our shodan came to correct my partner and proceeded to show the technique with me as his uke. And this shodan is a MMA/Karate/Judo guy outside Aikido and he has the "true budo spirit" so to speak. When he shows techniqued, he doesnt warn when he starts. Two times he almost hit me in the face because i didnt expect so sudden move. On the second time he grabbed my hand and put it where it supposed to be. Then i got his game and readied myself. I managed to catch up with him, he does the technique and it hurt like hell, OUUUCH! with highest pitch i can produce. :rolleyes:

Hehe, it was fun anyway. I wasn't the only one who squeecked in his hands. I mean this shodan really knows his technique.. Good, professional teacher. Looks like a i-take-no-shit-from-anyone, but he's really nice bloke. Has a good attitude and really is worth his salt in dojo.

I'll tell you more Aikidoh's as things develop. :D

Diana Frese
01-12-2011, 09:18 AM
About post 142, thanks Walter. My husband got a great laugh out of it when I just told him. I know it's days later, but he's been using the computer to study for and take a job related on line test.

We've got a New England blizzard here so great timing he had just come in from dealing with the fireplace ....

Lari, pants often rip, especially after being washed so many times, but you didn't let it deter you from training. Speaking of pain, I seem to remember a kind of yonkyo club where our senpai gave us some purple bruises which we probably accepted knowing we would learn to do yonkyo properly to others.

Lari Hammarberg
01-12-2011, 02:13 PM
Haha, i have a new one...

Today before our class, there was a Hokuto Ryu JuJutsu demonstration in the dojo, they have beginners class to start soon, my friend is going to join their dojo and we went to watch the demo...

After the demo i went to dojo with my friend, there was one Nidan doing some after stretching there and he let us in.. Then he left, me and my friend left there to wait for my Aikibuddies. There was some Jo's in the corner so i thought i will warm up and try some jo stuff...

So i did some ukemi, Katas and general playing around with the jo. Ofcourse i did loud Kiai's and lot of movement, free practice.. Then the clock ticked and ticked, it was five past eight, i started to wonder where are my friends.. Then i heard some talk behind the dojo door, opened it, and there were my friends and our shodan humbly waiting for jujutsu class to end. How embarrasing, they really thought there was more people there on their class. You can imagine their laugh when they realised it was just me practicing and shouting loud Kiai's as i went on... Hehe, goo that i didnt wait ten more minutes.

Its ironic, at the same time i was embarrased to have them wait outside and felt good that my practicing sounded like several people.

Haha, funny and embarrasing moments seem to just follow where ever Aikido goes. ;) At least when i'm in the dojo... :D

Well, we had a good class and i was already warmed up from start.

dapidmini
01-18-2011, 10:25 PM
accidentally kicked the tori when taking ukemi after he did kotegaeshi on me.. he's my kohai but he's still older than i am. hopefully he's not taking it personally:uch:

belched instead of counting one of the numbers when leading the warm ups..:yuck: they didn't seem to notice but I'm so ashamed.. >.<

Linda Eskin
01-28-2011, 01:39 AM
I'm mortified to share this :blush: , but as it was witnessed by a hundred or so people, and probably preserved for all time on a professional-quality video, I might as well. And it really does belong here.

So anyway... I was at a big seminar recently. One of the shihan (you all know him) was teaching. Everyone seated in seiza in a kind of rough semi-circle around him. At some point I noticed that I was sort of inside the middle area of the circle instead of around the edge. Just as he was making some deep and thoughtful point about connection, or world peace, or something equally important and significant, and a total and reverent silence had enveloped the large dojo, I tried to quietly slide back a couple of feet.

And farted.

And not in a subtle sort of way, either.

:sorry:

It's a lucky thing for me that no one so much as snickered or coughed, because I think I would have (in spite of my utter humiliation) died laughing at the absurdity of my bad timing. :p

I think I'll go crawl under a rock now...

ninjaqutie
01-28-2011, 09:45 AM
Awww.... Linda, it happens. When it happens in our dojo, it is often treated as if it didn't even happen. Though, sometimes I am am dying of laughter on the inside!

Robyn Johnson
05-22-2011, 09:13 PM
This happened years ago. I washed my gi with other clothes, grabbed it out of the dryer, and rushed to class. Half way through class, I got up from taking a roll and saw a pair of MY underwear in the middle of the mat!!! It must have been stuck inside of my sleeve and it flew out when I rolled! I snatched it up and hid it in my bag. Luckily, I was partnered up with another woman and we had a good laugh over it. I don't think sensei or any of the other guys saw what happened and we didn't tell them why we were laughing. :D

Robyn

Mario Tobias
05-23-2011, 04:29 AM
We were having our regular staff meeting at work. It was quite a long and boring meeting that I couldn't help but sometimes snooze.

It was time when the boss started delegating tasks to each one of us across the room. When it was my name that was called, being sleepy then and just hearing my name, I let out a big "HAI!" to the boss.

The whole world (or conference room for that matter) stopped which seemed for ages and you could sense that all heads were turned toward my way.

They had this funny, perplexed look at me wondering what the heck I was doing.

Never slept at meetings again.....:D

ninjaqutie
05-25-2011, 11:08 PM
This happened years ago. I washed my gi with other clothes, grabbed it out of the dryer, and rushed to class. Half way through class, I got up from taking a roll and saw a pair of MY underwear in the middle of the mat!!! It must have been stuck inside of my sleeve and it flew out when I rolled! I snatched it up and hid it in my bag. Luckily, I was partnered up with another woman and we had a good laugh over it. I don't think sensei or any of the other guys saw what happened and we didn't tell them why we were laughing. :D

Robyn

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the laugh!!!!!!!

Robyn Johnson
05-28-2011, 10:34 AM
THANK YOU SO MUCH for the laugh!!!!!!!

Glad you enjoyed it. :D :p

ninjaqutie
05-28-2011, 03:10 PM
In my old dojo, we were having a demo and someone was short on time and took their gi out of the wash early and put it in the dryer so it would be done in time. Later, during the outdoors demo, it began to rain. His black gi turned into a white bubble gi as it began to suds up all over the mat. DISASTER! HAHA. The mats got all slippery from the soap, he was embarrassed and everyone else just tried to make the best of the situation.

Who knew you had to give a disclaimer to students before a demo to make sure your gi finishes the rinse cycle before putting it in the dryer. :D

Robyn Johnson
05-31-2011, 12:17 PM
In my old dojo, we were having a demo and someone was short on time and took their gi out of the wash early and put it in the dryer so it would be done in time. Later, during the outdoors demo, it began to rain. His black gi turned into a white bubble gi as it began to suds up all over the mat. DISASTER! HAHA. The mats got all slippery from the soap, he was embarrassed and everyone else just tried to make the best of the situation.

Who knew you had to give a disclaimer to students before a demo to make sure your gi finishes the rinse cycle before putting it in the dryer. :D

Lol! This is hilarious! I would have loved to had seen all the suds!

Thanks for sharing,
Robyn

Belt_Up
07-19-2011, 02:55 PM
Performing a few techniques in a mock grading in front of the entire class. All was going well, until I was getting up from a pin, and backing away from my training partner, my heel slipped into a gap between two mats and I did that wonderfully embarrassing stagger/fall backwards you do when you're going over, stepping as fast as possible while unbalanced, speeding your fall.

Managed to turn it into ushiro ukemi, which won me some points with the instructor, but certainly didn't make my face any less red.

sakumeikan
07-19-2011, 03:17 PM
This happened years ago. I washed my gi with other clothes, grabbed it out of the dryer, and rushed to class. Half way through class, I got up from taking a roll and saw a pair of MY underwear in the middle of the mat!!! It must have been stuck inside of my sleeve and it flew out when I rolled! I snatched it up and hid it in my bag. Luckily, I was partnered up with another woman and we had a good laugh over it. I don't think sensei or any of the other guys saw what happened and we didn't tell them why we were laughing. :D

Robyn
Dear Robyn,
I guess you could say you made a bloomer!!!Just as well it wasnt a pair of boxer shorts or worse a gents trendy thong.
I must say I would had I been there I would have creased myself laughing if I noticed the incident.
All jolly fun eh? Cheers, Joe.

Belt_Up
08-13-2011, 04:40 PM
A fairly intense class began with the instructor telling us to make sure our attacks were fast, hard and realistic.

Jodan tsuki irimi nage, and I throw the first punch of the night, not full speed or full power because I knew fine well I would be unlucky and catch someone when they weren't watching, but a fast and powerful punch.

My partner blocked it and stepped in, but didn't block hard enough, and my fist and his blocking arm smacked him in the face.

The look of PURE UTTER GUILT on my face was enough to set everyone laughing. I couldn't apologise enough, but everyone but me saw the funny side.

End of class, the guilt was beginning to fade, and the instructor asked if everyone was okay. Cue a muttered "Everything but my face."

SC Wong
09-21-2011, 02:44 AM
I was into my second month of training and on that fateful evening my sensei decided to call for a mock grading. We had a pretty intense session and I didn't have the time to adjust my dogi before the mock grading.

The last technique called was shomenuchi dai ikkyo. My sensei had always reminded me to pay attention to my finishing and all I could remember then was "finish with the gorilla pose! buttocks out!". I did exactly that.

When the class ended my senpai walked up to me and said, " you did pretty well for the mock test..and by the way...your buttocks looked really nice with those pink polka dots!" :blush:

jamie yugawa
09-22-2011, 04:54 PM
I got some ones!! When I was doing suwari waza with a female member of our dojo, I proceeded to do shikko during a technique and ripped my crotch at the seams!!! The whole dojo was cracking up!! Thank goodness I wasnt going commando!!!

A friend of mine told me at his old club the chief instructor of his organization from Japan was visiting his club. He was performing kiatsu on a certain prankster member. When Kiatsu was performed on his back the member proceeded to fart loudly in the instructors face!!! The chief instructor of his enitre organization!!!! LOL