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#171085 - 07/25/05 01:38 AM Little Rituals
elmcityslim Offline

Registered: 05/12/05
Posts: 31
Loc: new haven, CT, USA
Here is a fun topic.
Does anyone have any little rituals they do? Something special you do before, during or after training and/or class? Maybe a spiritual/ religious thing?

Here is an example of what I mean:
I have recently built myself a belt rack (maybe a sign that I am in this for the long run). It currently has 16 spaces for belts, but I will probably have to build a new one depending on my sense moving me slowly threw the ranks or having me skip a stripe here or there. Everyday after training at home or class, I kneel in front of the belt rack and place my belt on a small shelf I built on top of it. The belt is wrapped in a pattern that causes a ying-yang shape in the middle.

I also wear my belt during home exercises and training out of respect for it.

#171086 - 07/25/05 08:06 AM Re: Little Rituals [Re: elmcityslim]
Shidokai Offline

Registered: 05/22/05
Posts: 162
Loc: Fukuoka, Japan

I shower after I train. And I wash my uniform. Usually promptly, as both I and my clothing tend to smell something like bad cheese if I don't. Most certainly a ritual. I am honoring the gods of soap and water and calling down their blessing.

I talk to my teachers and ask them lots of quite probably annoying questions that they answer politely. I usually do this both before and after practice. I guess that's a ritual.

I wake up every morning, look in the mirror and say "Ugh...ever growing beer gut. Gotta train more." That's kind of like a ritual.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft. - Teddy Roosevelt

#171087 - 07/25/05 09:00 AM Re: Little Rituals [Re: elmcityslim]
JohnL Offline
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Registered: 03/24/03
Posts: 4309
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I'm suprised that after you've been out for a run you don't hang your shorts up and kneel in front of them to honor them.

They must be feeling left out!

I think you're going a bit OTT.
John L

#171088 - 07/25/05 05:37 PM Re: Little Rituals [Re: JohnL]
funstick5000 Offline

Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 759
Loc: West Yorkshire, England
i think its everyone to their own really. i see what elm city slim does as a similar thing to the samurai honoring their katana and armour which i think there are a few Iaido practicioners on here who refuse to do tameshigiri to aviod dishonouring their weapons and the sword-smith.
Go seek the advise of a qualified instructor.

#171089 - 07/27/05 12:41 AM Re: Little Rituals [Re: funstick5000]
sumrandom Offline

Registered: 07/14/05
Posts: 52
Loc: Western Australia
yeah i definately bow to my toothbrush every morning before i use it...

the thing with iadoka/samurai bowing to their weapons is a little diff to bowing to something like a belt.

you bow to a belt because it might be important to you, it signifies a fair amount of effort, i don't do it, but hey, i can maybe see the motivation.

bowing to a sword on the other hand isn't because it's important to you personally but because it is an object that deserves respect in its own right and for a number of reasons; it's dangerous if you are careless with it, it is (for a samurai) your means of defending yourself and it has been crafted with a huge amount of care and hard work. (the list could go on)

a simple belt is none of these things which is why i don't afford it such respect.

#171090 - 07/27/05 03:44 AM Re: Little Rituals [Re: elmcityslim]
sumrandom Offline

Registered: 07/14/05
Posts: 52
Loc: Western Australia
oh and you buy a new belt for every stripe? hmm we just use electrical tape..

#171091 - 07/27/05 07:54 AM Re: Little Rituals [Re: elmcityslim]
GaryHanson Offline

Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 83
Loc: London, England
My ritual:

At the end of every lesson, our sensei calls "Rei" and we all bow.
Doing the bow, I quietly mumble to myself "Well at least I should be able to do a bow correctly without being told off" I am hopeless at MA and find myself corrected at almost everything I do I mumble this each and every time ...
... I'm just moving clouds today; tomorrow I'll try mountains.

#171092 - 07/27/05 11:11 AM Re: Little Rituals [Re: elmcityslim]
SANCHIN31 Offline
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Registered: 12/26/04
Posts: 3783
Loc: Arkansas, U.S.
That is a little weird to me. Bowing to your belt rack and all.No,that's alot weird. I don't bow to objects or idolize any belts,swords or anything inanimate,but to each his own.
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#171093 - 07/27/05 11:14 AM Re: Little Rituals [Re: SANCHIN31]
Christie Offline

Registered: 07/12/05
Posts: 872
Loc: Waterloo, ON
I agree, I don't see a purpose in showing respect to something that you've either earned through your own hard work or doesn't work unless being used by yourself. A belt is earned, I don't see why you would idolize it, a sword is doesn't work unless the person uses it, again, why idolize it. It is useless on its own.

#171094 - 07/27/05 11:19 AM Re: Little Rituals [Re: Christie]
SANCHIN31 Offline
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Loc: Arkansas, U.S.

Christie and I agree on something!
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