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#389630 - 04/03/08 01:29 AM You know you're in a small dojo when...
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motivated by this thread:
http://www.fightingarts.com/ubbthreads/s...e=0&fpart=1


You know you're in a small dojo when...

- you have to stand in line and wait your turn to take off your shoes.

- A scissor kick knocks out a lightbulb.

- Neighbors complain about the 'kiai-ing'.

- Bo practice is only on days that it's not raining.

- The main advertisement sign outside the dojo is a street address.

- you have to calculate mat replacement sizes using fractions.

- The 'bathroom' is a tree or dumpster.

- The change room doubles as a storage closet.

- The kamiza pictures are wallet-size.

- During stretching exercises you hear at least 5 times: "oh, sorry about that."

- You don't have enough floor space to do an entire Shotokan kata.

- 'mokuso' is interrupted by the noise of a wind gust hitting the building.


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#389631 - 04/03/08 05:04 AM Re: You know you're in a small dojo when... [Re: Ed_Morris]
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- Everytime you bow, you bump your head.
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#389632 - 04/03/08 09:47 AM Re: You know you're in a small dojo when... [Re: Ed_Morris]
oldman Offline
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Can any of you math wizzes estimate square feet.



-You take your shoes off upstairs.

-You can change the lightbulbs with your feet.

-The main advertisement sign outside the dojo is a street address

- You practice TKD but have eliminated " flying" techniques from the curriculum.

-The only staffs allowed in the dojo are the ones god gave you. No Bo katas in my dojo.

-You have to tell the guys to "take it easy" on the jump in Pinan godan.

-You have to pee in the backyard because your teenage daughters are blowdrying their hair both bathrooms.

-You CAN actually afford to put in mats.

-You would practice outside but that would violate your "home business" license from the village.

-Since your students can only do 4 front kicks before hitting a wall, they are very good at turning.

-You have 4 students and cannot accept any more.

- The storage closet doubles as a storage closet.

- 'mokuso' is interrupted by someone changing over a load of laundry from the washer to the dryer.

BUT... The number one way you know you are in a small dojo....

- When you finish class and your wife says to ALL your students "Did you guys get dinner yet?"

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#389633 - 04/03/08 09:58 AM Re: You know you're in a small dojo when... [Re: oldman]
harlan Offline
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That's not so small. Small is when you only have one step sanchin. LOL!

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#389634 - 04/03/08 10:16 AM Re: You know you're in a small dojo when... [Re: harlan]
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You mean there's MORE than one step

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#389635 - 04/03/08 10:24 AM Re: You know you're in a small dojo when... [Re: Ed_Morris]
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* Your reverse-punch really does elbow the guy behind you.

* Half your kata end up outside.

* Putting a mirror in the room really does double it's size.
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#389636 - 04/03/08 10:31 AM Re: You know you're in a small dojo when... [Re: Ed_Morris]
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You know you're in a small dojo when...

You're on the second floor and the right side of the room is AVOIDED like plague because the old pretty window (12 inches off the floor) shows its a long way down!

Its a small dojo when your teacher closes the door tightly to protect the identity/modesty of his lady "friend" from the night before.

You know its a small dojo when the space heater takes up the majority of the room

You know its a small dojo when the weapons are stored in the basement and the dojo is on the top floor !

You know its a small dojo when the teachers cat comes through its door and is severely annoyed you are in his sun spot.

Its a small dojo when you can identify who was there before you by the sweat stains on the mirror, or the footprints left in the flooring-padding-carpet.

Jeff

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#389637 - 04/03/08 04:22 PM Re: You know you're in a small dojo when... [Re: Ronin1966]
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Lining up for class is considered grappling exercise.

My first dojo's main floor was maybe 300 square feet, with 2 posts trisecting the room. They added tactical considerations when sparring.


Edited by Ironfoot (04/03/08 04:24 PM)
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#389638 - 04/03/08 05:55 PM Re: You know you're in a small dojo when... [Re: oldman]
Ed_Morris Offline
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about 150 sq ft? actually 149.33

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#389639 - 04/03/08 08:29 PM Re: You know you're in a small dojo when... [Re: Ironfoot]
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Quote:

Lining up for class is considered grappling exercise.





ROFL
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