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RED 12-22-2009 06:12 PM

Cleansing Class
 
It is nearly the new year, and we, and a lot of dojos have a tradition known as cleansing class.
What happens at cleansing class is something we are not allowed to warn new students of before hand :D
It is a lot of fun, and very grueling. Everything is done in sets of 108, (for the sake of shintao traditions.)

If your dojo participates in a yearly cleansing class, how do you guys roll? :cool:

mathewjgano 12-22-2009 06:19 PM

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Maggie Schill wrote: (Post 248463)
It is nearly the new year, and we, and a lot of dojos have a tradition known as cleansing class.
What happens at cleansing class is something we are not allowed to warn new students of before hand :D
It is a lot of fun, and very grueling. Everything is done in sets of 108, (for the sake of shintao traditions.)

If your dojo participates in a yearly cleansing class, how do you guys roll? :cool:

Not sure if it's the same thing, but at Kannagara dojo there used to be a year-end/beginning class which ended with midnight misogi. Now the traditional year-end/beginning jinja activities are in full effect though so I don't believe that happens any more. It sounds like your event is a bit more strenuous than what I recall...unless you count a winter dip in the Pilchuck river as strenuous.:D

RED 12-22-2009 06:26 PM

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Matthew Gano wrote: (Post 248468)
Not sure if it's the same thing, but at Kannagara dojo there used to be a year-end/beginning class which ended with midnight misogi. Now the traditional year-end/beginning jinja activities are in full effect though so I don't believe that happens any more. It sounds like your event is a bit more strenuous than what I recall...unless you count a winter dip in the Pilchuck river as strenuous.:D

No, we don't have water torture involved lol :D

Sounds like a blast though...hard to find a river like that in Florida though.

mathewjgano 12-22-2009 07:18 PM

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Maggie Schill wrote: (Post 248470)
No, we don't have water torture involved lol :D

Sounds like a blast though...hard to find a river like that in Florida though.

It was great fun! Fortunately I was used to misogi at the time, but it's always interesting to hear the sounds first-timers make. Usually it's the sound of folks trying to catch their breath mixed with some choice swear words while trying to chant...a strangely auspicious thing. :D

RED 12-22-2009 08:30 PM

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Matthew Gano wrote: (Post 248474)
It was great fun! Fortunately I was used to misogi at the time, but it's always interesting to hear the sounds first-timers make. Usually it's the sound of folks trying to catch their breath mixed with some choice swear words while trying to chant...a strangely auspicious thing. :D

misogi is hardcore lol.
I'm anemic,so it would probably be the equivalent of freebasing for me. :blush:

Adam Huss 12-22-2009 10:30 PM

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We just had our O Soji tonight. About a two hour class consisting of high tempo elements of all the martial arts at our dojo (iaido, aikido, karate, tae kwon do, judo, jujitsu), concluding with 365 shomen giri cuts. This is considered the physical manifestation of O Soji, or great cleaning (in this case also reference dot a cleansing of the spirit through physical activity) and then literally cleaning the dojo. Then pizza, beer, budo dvd's and stories!

ninjaqutie 12-23-2009 11:43 AM

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I haven't been to one, but sensei says they do 108 ikkyos

lbb 12-23-2009 12:30 PM

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We have misogi every New Year's eve -- early in the evening, so people can get on to other activities if they want. It consists of 108 shomenuchi ikkyo suwari waza -- that's 108 as uke and 108 as nage -- with one partner, and then four each with everyone else in the dojo (unless attendance is sparse, and then it's ten each with everyone else). Beer, sake and toshikoshi soba to follow!

Maarten De Queecker 12-23-2009 02:36 PM

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Ashley Carter wrote: (Post 248540)
I haven't been to one, but sensei says they do 108 ikkyos

Could've been worse.. Imagine that you had to do 108 irimi nages.. (both as tori and uke)

RED 12-23-2009 03:11 PM

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Maarten De Queecker wrote: (Post 248556)
Could've been worse.. Imagine that you had to do 108 irimi nages.. (both as tori and uke)

That's what our sensei had us do last year :eek:


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