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Old 02-27-2001, 02:42 PM   #3
Location: Chicago, IL
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 432
In our dojo, we have a yudansha (I'll call him Joe) that occasionally has a tendency to talk down to his kohai and lecture them while practicing during class. Well, I had the pleasure of working with him during the first half of a weapons class, and was getting lectured to and shut down and all that fun stuff. Well, right after telling us to switch partners, the instructor tells everyone to replace their jo in the weapons rack at the end of the mat. Joe decides to jump up and sprint to the weapons rack, and about halfway there after he's picked up some pretty good steam he catches his foot in his hakama and goes airborne, landing flat on his face in front of the rest of students, who are just standing up out seiza. I mean, Joe must have flown five or six feet through the air before that bellyflop, that he should have gotten some frequent flier mileage for that one! Even our Dojo Cho started to crack up and had to turn and walk to the other end of the mat.

Robert Cronin
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