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Old 12-16-2005, 02:28 AM   #26
Lorien Lowe
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Re: Physical contact vs. "no-touch" policy

When a child is reluctant to go when their parents call them, I have been known to chase them around the dojo with my hands over my head, shaped like claws, yelling "GRRRRRAAAAARRR!" and then grab them around the waist and carry them squealing and giggling back to their parents, sometimes upside down.

I guess that breaks every rule there is.

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Old 12-16-2005, 06:37 AM   #27
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Re: Physical contact vs. "no-touch" policy

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When a child is reluctant to go when their parents call them, I have been known to chase them around the dojo with my hands over my head, shaped like claws, yelling "GRRRRRAAAAARRR!" and then grab them around the waist and carry them squealing and giggling back to their parents, sometimes upside down.

I guess that breaks every rule there is.

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Old 12-16-2005, 12:22 PM   #28
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Re: Physical contact vs. "no-touch" policy

If I have to get across "You may NOT kick uke when he is down," the child in question will likely have a "problem" with my behavior unless I am a milquetoast and don't enforce the safety rules. So that's not a completely reliable guide.

Small children are rather different from adults. It is not guaranteed they will be able to articulate "I don't like being touched there" in a way that distinguishes it from "How dare you tell me no!"--either when the touch is appropriate by adult standards or when it is not. So I think we have to bring our own judgement to the issue and not rely entirely on theirs.

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Old 12-16-2005, 01:09 PM   #29
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Re: Physical contact vs. "no-touch" policy

[quote=Jon Readingso I freely turn prospects away if I feel they are a threat; specifically children/teens and sensitive women, but sometimes men too. I find that men cause difficulty mostly when are too violent though, which falls on the assault side of things. .[/QUOTE]

Remind me never to try to train here. Most people find me threatening.
As a ballet dancer I had to Very Quickly adapt to my partners' hands going places they are "not supposed to". I also had to learn to Very Quickly say "DON"T LET GO!!!!"
I'd rather they got a handfull than dropping me like a sack of onions.
And if there is a No-touching-the -chest policy anywhere, how do yu do nikyo or iriminage?

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