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    What traditions do you have in your school that you find really builds on the atmosphere in the school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    What traditions do you have in your school that you find really builds on the atmosphere in the school.
    We say hello, nod or wave. Sometimes we shake hands. We say "sir", but we don't overdo it. We call the instructor by his title- "Instructor", but we don't address him by it. We remove belts sometimes as buckles are hard on hands or gloves. We try to learn the titles and names for everything in at least one language. We're a very exocentric lot.

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    All black belts are totally respected,especially Mr. Joe. Everytime you walk pass a black belt you stop and salute them.
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    We have history requirements for each belt level. Most of them are famous martial artists from all styles.

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    We hug after every class. Everybody hugs everybody and we do it like we mean it. I think it brings the class together. It's a very friendly class, I think, as a result.

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    Good topic! In Kara-Ho Kempo we pay respects to instructors/black-belts with a hand shake and half hug, not just in the dojo but at any time- Our system is like a family, and to some folks we are the only family they have.

    Also because I am in the San Diego area I am fortunate to train at Grandmaster Kuoha's dojo/house so we are a tight knit bunch being at the "HQ" if you want to call it that... Many times after a class (last night for example)he will invite everyone in for dinner (He is a great cook), and if you are lucky he will tell stories about Professor Chow --

    Our system is not the biggest or most publicized but we are very close as a group and we take care of each other.

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    At the beginning of class we do the salutation and recite the creed and 10 objectives. That's about as traditional as it gets. We try to keep a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I've found people learn better when they are comfortable and are enjoying what they're doing. We call the head instructor 'sifu' but that's about as formal as it gets. It's almost like a group of friends hanging out talking about things they share an interest in (like Kenpo, doh!) Exchanging ideas, testing them out, and learning. Kind of like if you took this forum 'live' and put it in a classroom setting. LOL.
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    We end class with a round of "Pass the Punch"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    At the beginning of class we do the salutation and recite the creed and 10 objectives. That's about as traditional as it gets.
    No hugs for you?

    We do the kenpo creed and the tenets of kenpo (similar to your ten objectives, I'm sure.)

    I hate pass the punch. It hurts.

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    The only hugs in my class are bear hugs
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    The only time I hug anyone at our school is if they just received their new belt or if I connected a little harder than I meant to. That's about it for us. We are just a group of friends who like to study together. We do laugh alot as well, both at ourselves and out of silliness (CC in a pink tutu, etc).

    A few of us work together as well, so we're all pretty darn close.

    As far as traditions, just the Salutation, the principles and addressing our Head Instructor as "sifu" is the only formality we have.
    "Second chances they don't never matter, people never change
    Once a whore you're nothing more i'm sorry that'll never change
    And about forgiveness, we're both supposed to have exchanged
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    (*this is where a punch would be landed)

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    I"m big on hugs. I figure that we hit each other for an hour or more and it's a great way to say that there are no hard feelings, and that we like each other.

    Plus, I happen to think there isn't enough hugging in the world. Hugging makes people happier.

    Fair warning: If we are in a seminar together at camp, I might just hug ya'. And if we meet for the first time, I'll probably hug ya then too.

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    Something about hugging hot, sweaty men just does not appeal to me. Now, hugging hot, sweaty women....that's a differnent story. LOL.

    I'm gonna start callin' ya Amy-Long-Hugs.
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    Chinese Buffet after Seminars~! Now 'That's Tradition'
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    Chinese Buffet after Seminars~! Now 'That's Tradition'
    I wouldn't be any fun....I have a "Buffet-Phobia." LOL.
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    Ick - barely warm food that everyone else has been playing in/sneezing on is not appealing to me either.

    CC - what, you don't want to hug Bonecracker???? Aw why not?
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    (*this is where a punch would be landed)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpat01
    Ick - barely warm food that everyone else has been playing in/sneezing on is not appealing to me either.

    CC - what, you don't want to hug Bonecracker???? Aw why not?
    I couldn't get my arms around him for one thing! The guys a grizzly! Plus, he'd probable power bomb me if I did. LOL.
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    I'm a fan of the bowing before you step on the mat. We don't constantly salute eachother but if we are working together we salute when we greet and leave. I love the pass the punch, its a great thing to show you get what you give.

    I love the buffet
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    Our student creeds. We have four creeds specific to our school, in one of them we promise not to hurt our mental growth and physical health.

    It may sound silly, but that one creed was inspiring enough for me to quit a bad habit, and one that I'd been thinking of quitting for some time but hadn't done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lady_kaur
    Our student creeds. We have four creeds specific to our school, in one of them we promise not to hurt our mental growth and physical health.

    It may sound silly, but that one creed was inspiring enough for me to quit a bad habit, and one that I'd been thinking of quitting for some time but hadn't done.
    Congratulations! That's great!
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