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Old 10-19-2007, 03:55 PM   #1
John Bernhard
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Ever Giggled in class?

Okey so after reading some of the funny threads on here, I just had to know if any of you have ever started giggling while practicing.

A few years ago, I was at a Dennis Hooker Sensei seminar down in P'cola, FL, and I was practicing the technique I think it was a tenchinage with my partner a much higher ranked Dan (4th/5th). And I remember as I attacked kind of fast he threw me and while I was flying through the air, I spontaneously giggled, kind of loudly. Almost like a Wiley coyote super genius sort of giggle. Well everyone started laughing and I couldn't stop laughing when I got up with this confused look on my face. Anyone else have anything like that or have you ever started giggling during an inappropriate time?
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Old 10-19-2007, 05:51 PM   #2
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

Ummm yeah

I suppose that I giggle or even laugh at least once in every class or so... I don't know how unusual that is but it seems that there is a bit of laughter from many people on our mats.

It's one of the things that I appreciate about our dojo... it is serious but not so serious that anyone feels awkward
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:56 PM   #3
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

HA...I understand that all too well, I try to laugh every time I get on the mat, but have you ever done so and it was just so funny when you did it. Like getting thrown and screaming out, OHH MY GOD !!! or YIPPEEEE, soemthing like that? Anything?
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:23 PM   #4
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

It's a common reaction when your center is taken expertly. Your body is surprised by the novelty and your brain laughs while not exactly knowing why. Kind of like a joke your body gets but your mind doesn't.

For me, the giggle is the hallmark of a really good technique.

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Old 10-20-2007, 04:29 AM   #5
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For me, the giggle is the hallmark of a really good technique.
Hear, hear!

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Old 10-20-2007, 02:12 PM   #6
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

We were practicing some slower-motion jyu-waza in class the other day. Sensei came to my partner and I and attacked me to see how I was doing. I panicked and didn't get off the line, and next thing I knew, after a play-punch to my face, I was in a headlock and giggling like a little girl.

For some reason, being shown my openings with a play atemi always makes me giggle.

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Old 10-20-2007, 05:25 PM   #7
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

Every single class! There's a lot of joking around and humour and tickling of feet though in my classes so yes.

(Why no thats not one of the reasons I go for the giggles, honestly )
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Old 10-20-2007, 06:21 PM   #8
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

One reason I had trouble visiting dojos that enforced "silent practice", though I respect it theoretically, is that I am prone to take the injunction to "train joyously" to heart, and receiving a particularly wonderful throw - having my balance thoroughly disappear so I end up on the ground w/o seeing it coming - ALWAYS results in something btwn a giggle and a belly laugh from me!

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Old 10-20-2007, 08:06 PM   #9
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

Thank god, I was starting to wonder if I was just loosing my mind. I laugh quite a lot but god that time that I giggled....it came out of NO WHERE. And yes you are right it was an extreamley well done technique, I didn't feel anything didn't feel the throw the technique or even the landing, it was more of a OMG....I'm flying..*giggle*.
Keep em coming I'm enjoying this
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:14 AM   #10
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

Oh. You mean you're not supposed to roll on the mat laughing uncontrollably just becuz you don't know how you got there? Not only have I yelled "wheeee" while taking ukemi in the dojo, I've also done it when tango dancing.
It is much more acceptible in the dojo.

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Old 10-21-2007, 11:43 AM   #11
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

Giggle?...I roll every time I hear that spontaneous, " WHOOOOOOOOOAH "......
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:03 PM   #12
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

We laugh and joke all the time while we work out. No reason to take ourselves all that seriously. Of course we all shut up during instruction. But when we drill, spar, etc we are always telling jokes and having fun with what we are doing. If it wasn't fun I wouldn't be doing it.

I've been known to say "That was stupid" a lot while sparing high ranks. Last week I was paired up to spar a guy with about 150 pounds on me, but a lot less experienced. I took his back, grabbed his collar and rode him like a cowboy would ride a bull with one hand in the air. It was very funny and we had a great laugh.

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Old 10-21-2007, 10:16 PM   #13
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

I was uke several times for a Hombu shihan in a seminar in September last year, and I laughed out loud on several occasions. The waza were just so "sweet" and unexpected; you were floating and then falling and had no idea why.

Of course, when the technique being taught was sankyo, I wasn't laughing any more.

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Old 10-22-2007, 10:16 AM   #14
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

HA........I would hate it more if it were Yonkyo. Me and the 4th principle are not friends. There would be no giggling, at least not from me, perhaps from my sensei, who takes great pleasure in seeing me put on my butt. I was completely missing the point at a seminar with an iriminage technique, and Hooker Sensei so very kindly showed me the error with what I was well not doing. As I looked up at the ceiling my sensei was laughing so hard. That was like 7 years ago I'll never forget it. God I just love that I laugh so much with Aikido. I think O'Sensei would be happy to hear there are so many of us that can laugh so eaisly while training.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:54 PM   #15
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

In my school, we often do silent practice. It's necessary for concentration and for developping observation skills, and, like talking, giggling is not allowed. But we also always have time for joyous practice, not to mention the occasional joking cession after class. O Sensei was a wise man, and I think that he too, il laughing with us when a sempai being projected by Sensei starts stammering: "Oh my! Oh my God! Wow!"
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:57 PM   #16
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

Every single class. At least once. Usually more.

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Old 10-22-2007, 05:52 PM   #17
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

Often. We have fun.

And when you try to do a technique, and what your body does isn't even close to what your mind wants to do, you just gotta laugh.
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:02 AM   #18
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

haha hade a funny goof last week. we were practicing Ikkyo, and i did a pretty damn good one. Inge sensei however didnt see it other then out of the corner of his eye, so naturally he asked me to do it again.

So, i step up and do it, break both Ukes AND my balance, do the circular motion with ukes arm and down we both went!

*shakes head*

That was so embarassing, but we were laughing so hard

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Old 10-23-2007, 05:14 AM   #19
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

I think the question should be:
"Have you ever NOT laughed/giggled in class?

Much easier to keep track of.

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Old 10-23-2007, 11:11 AM   #20
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Re: Ever Giggled in class?

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You mean you're not supposed to roll on the mat laughing uncontrollably just becuz you don't know how you got there?
I've also laughed because I finally did figure out how I got there!

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Old 10-24-2007, 06:56 AM   #21
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Laughing is part of the session as far as i'm concerned. Makes it more fun.

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Old 10-24-2007, 10:52 AM   #22
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I remember once doing a sword kata with uke, where you start far apart and move towards eachother, and sensei told us to imagine being actual samurai, trying to bring on that attitude thing. The one I paired up with happens to be one of my best friends, which unfortunately lead to us bursting into laughter... it was incredibly difficult, but somehow we finally managed to do it right

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Old 10-24-2007, 12:51 PM   #23
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There is a yudansha in our dojo who specializes in using laughter as atemi during practice. He will crack a joke at the beginning of a technique and I start to lose my balance as I laugh, then down I go.

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Old 10-25-2007, 10:58 AM   #24
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HA...I understand that all too well, I try to laugh every time I get on the mat, but have you ever done so and it was just so funny when you did it. Like getting thrown and screaming out, OHH MY GOD !!! or YIPPEEEE, soemthing like that? Anything?
We have a very special sempai that everyone loves at our dojo. even with my eyes shut I can tell you when he's uke; Suddenly, your hear a loud "Oh My! " or a "Woy! Mezanmi!" (this is not japanese but creole) and then "wham!" breakfall!

In my dojo, we all do our best to emphasize etiquette but laughing is an important part of the work we have to do on ourselves.
It's especially hard to laugh when you've spent 2 hours getting yelled at because your technique is not working. I can talk about it since I''ve been there (And I'll probably be there tomorrow too! ). But it helps when you get back to work and you're having trouble with a device; no matter what, it's easier to remain calm and face the problems.
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:22 AM   #25
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There is a yudansha in our dojo who specializes in using laughter as atemi during practice. He will crack a joke at the beginning of a technique and I start to lose my balance as I laugh, then down I go.
I had one training partner I regularly took balance from with a well timed pun as I entered. You gotta know your opponent's weaknesses!

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