I could do without the smell of sweat, Rory, but a dojo will eventually take on inherent smells of people and equipment.
This may come later as the dojo develops and solidifies, but a inner support and an outer reciprosity strengthen a dojo.
A support team helps the dojo run smoother, especially if the instructor is hust a hands on kind of guy who really just wants to be teaching, without being bogged down with the books and details needed to run some dojos, especially commercial ones. Unfortunately, it takes a while to build up loyal, dedicated students that want to be involved in helping run certain aspects of the dojo.
Rich Castanet, is a prime example of support person for our dojo. He is the quint-essential organizer (an engineer by trade). He heads up advertising, contacting our fitness club to set agendas, handling paper work, setting up seminars, etc. This really frees Bill up to teach the karate and weapon classes. Support can be beautiful!
Another great feature is a type of reciprosity of sorts between dojos. When egos are set aside and people who love karate can get together periodically to share knowledge, the individual dojos benefit. A working example of this is our regiionals as well as George's summer camp. Within in our regionals are often four different affiliations of Uechi. Yes, we are slightly different, yes, we are the same yet all the parts contribute to make a wonderful whole....living, breathing Uechi.
Just a few thoughts,
"Cry in the dojo, laugh in the battlefield"