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#132665 - 11/08/03 08:43 AM Missing Training One Week Out Of Four

This is adressed to all those who teach female adults as well as to the ladies themselves.

I have a couple of female students who train hard for three weeks, then have a week off because they have their period and then resume as normal almost every month. Neither suffer from any gynacalogical condition.

I really don't mean to be unsympathetic, but menstruation is a normal, healthy part of being female, NOT an illness.

Sitting in a chair with a hot water bottle and complaining does not make you feel better, doing excercise does actually relieves stomach cramps as well as take your mind off them.

One of these ladies is only sixteen but the other is in her thirties and has been through CHILDBIRTH for goodness sake. Neither ar by any means beginners.

What do you think, am I a heartltess cow or are they making a fuss about nothing? Do other instructors have students like this? (obviously male instructors may be given a different reason for missed lessons but may have noticed a monthly pattern.)

#132666 - 11/08/03 09:27 AM Re: Missing Training One Week Out Of Four
Bossman Offline

Registered: 08/25/03
Posts: 1785
Loc: Chatham Kent UK
It is a natural process and in pre Christian times was considered magical. Men had to make blood sacrifices to match the 'magic' that women naturally have. Some women are affected in a really profound way and the hormone balance can make them incredibly sensitive and some are barely affected at all. Knowing some of my students quite well I think there are certain times that they should stay away from the Dojo and sharp objects!

#132667 - 11/08/03 10:16 AM Re: Missing Training One Week Out Of Four

lol @ sharp objects

#132668 - 11/08/03 02:26 PM Re: Missing Training One Week Out Of Four
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Loc: NY, NY, USA

You're a heartless cow

#132669 - 11/09/03 02:38 PM Re: Missing Training One Week Out Of Four
Reiki Offline
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Loc: MiddleEarth
Completely agree with u Sharon, they should get on with it like we do! [IMG][/IMG]

Pair of sissies.

Heck I've done gradings and training camps including having a 15 stone girl kick me in the stomach 50 times whilst having a period and do u hear me moaning??

And I've had 2 kids both with *very long* & difficult labours, my last was 10lb 4oz!!

LOL @ sharp objects too!

Nothing heartless about you dearie. Tell them to get a life and do it.

#132670 - 11/10/03 01:57 AM Re: Missing Training One Week Out Of Four
Fighting Dwarf Offline

Registered: 03/27/03
Posts: 322
Loc: UK
Maybe it's the thought of mixing white trousers with high kicks! Especially with lots of blokes standing around gawping!

I can honestly say I have only once skipped training because I was on, and that was after one week of training! After that I thought sod it, and I just get on with it now. I get some EVIL cramps, but they tend to disappear for 2 hours when I get off my bum and do something! I do tend to turn into a bit of a clumsy dope though, and yes, that has been noticed!

Sharon, maybe they have it particularly heavy? Some women barely notice it, while others feel like it's Niagara Falls down there, and someone is sitting inside them with an electric sander! Maybe they're these regular-as-clockwork type ladies and the first day always coincides with training?


#132671 - 11/10/03 05:46 AM Re: Missing Training One Week Out Of Four
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I am not sure about your specific examples. But for some women it can be very, very painful.

And there does not have to be a specific condition.

I think this kind of thing is akin to having children, some are in a painful labor for 24 hours and others, like my grate aunt, went to the loo one day and out popped a baby - she didn't even know she was pregnant.

#132672 - 11/10/03 06:10 AM Re: Missing Training One Week Out Of Four

I understand where you are coming from on the white gi thing and have suggested black gi pants. I teach four times a week so I can't puty it doewn to training always coinciding with theri first day.

UKFF, I know it is painful (I am not an exception) but exercise lessens the discomfort.

I could understand if they asked to be excused sit ups and other abdominal excercise or if they asked to be excused sparring because of clumsiness/hormones making them feel more agressive etc. I really can't understand missing training.

I wonder what they would do if it coincided with their grading. I took my first kyu and first dan grading at the "wrong" time of the month.

Perhaps John L is right and I am hearless...........
I will try to be more sympathetic.

#132673 - 11/10/03 02:11 PM Re: Missing Training One Week Out Of Four
Reiki Offline
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Registered: 05/30/02
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Nah, you're not heartless Sharon, they are just wimps.

I get the usual cramps etc too and sometimes have to whizz off to the ladies a couple of times during training sessions if it's a heavy one. Believe me now that I am older it is usually like this most of the time these days... however I have not and will not ever miss training or grading or one of the training camps.

It seems like most of my gradings have been timed to coincide with my period...

Agree about the gi pants! Mine are blue so it's not as bad as wearing the white ones, changing to black ones is a great idea if they are allowed to.

#132674 - 11/12/03 07:23 PM Re: Missing Training One Week Out Of Four
mark Offline
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Registered: 03/04/03
Posts: 1284
Loc: uk
being male i havent got a clue what it must be like....

Is it as bad as having to shave every day?

i do bring to mind a very old joke:-

Q "why do women get periods"?

A Because they deserve them.

Posted with permission of the wife.


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