There is one tried-and-true method to prove you are a true Bruin: You can eight-clap on command. Whether you’re sitting at the 50-yard line of the Rose Bowl, leaping up at Pauley Pavilion, or just watching the Bruins on TV (and also occasionally leaping out of your chair), a snappy rendition of UCLA’s signature chant is gasoline in the engine of your blue-and-gold spirit. Here, how to make sure you are doing the famous UCLA cheer properly — and some fun factoids about its colorful history.
Put both hands in the air. Bend forward slightly so your palms are facing the ground. Raise your hands as you straighten back up.
Then, bring your hands down in front of you and clap vigorously eight times.
Shout “U!” while pumping your right fist into the air, then clap three times.
Now yell “C!” as you pump into the air with your left fist. Clap three times.
Now “L” with your right, followed by three claps.
And then “A” with the left, with three more claps.
Quickly repeat steps 3 through 6, but without the claps. You’re going for a piston motion: Shout “U” as you pump your right fist in the air, “C” with the left, “L” with the right, and “A” with the left.
Finish by pumping your right fist in the air three times, yelling “Fight!” each time.
Read more from UCLA Magazine’s Fall 2023 issue.