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Old 01-24-2001, 09:58 AM   #15
Location: Chicago, IL
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 432
Heh, heh. About a year and a half ago, our dojo had to relocate to a temporary location until we could find a permanent space. In the process of moving out of the old space and into the new temporary space, there was a three week period where we didn't have any classes while we were scrambling to finish the buildout of the temporary space and get it functional. Anyway, toward the end, EVERYONE was getting a little edgey and frustrated at the continuing delay of opening the new space. Then one day toward then end, one of the senior students/instructors, who is known for his quiet and calm demeanor, just kind of lost it. All of a sudden in the midst of people painting, hammering and getting the floor ready for the mats, he just stood up in the middle of the space, clenched his fists and screamed at the top of his lungs "I NEED TO DO SOME AIKIDO!!!" Everyone just kind of froze for a couple of seconds until laughter erupted throughout the room. It was a total catharthis for everyone in the place, and helped relieve the tension that had built up since we had stopped having classes. We opened new space three days later with a mat so crowded you couldn't even take your falls most of the time, but was one of the best classes ever...

Robert Cronin
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