During out training we frequently (usually once per session) spend some time kneewalking. To get people used to this we often play dodgeball (people sit on the outside and ROLL the ball..) or freezetag. During this time we all cut up and have fun trying to avoid being tagged. Its great fun and also helps us to develop better reflexes for avoiding moving objects from seiza. I saw one of the senior students actually lift his entire body away from the mat high enough to let the ball roll under him. I'm still trying to figure out how
And of course during pratice there is occasional laughter when people make mistakes..usually coming from the person who is having trouble. I dont think I would enjoy it nearly as much otherwise.
"Are you *sure* this is safe?"