what a dojo needs

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what a dojo needs

Postby Stryke » Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:09 am

I think a real Dojo always benifits from having a makiwara

It`s a traditional conditioning device that makes a club look a dojo , and not a dance studio :lol: :lol:

please George see the funny side of this , It`s no so serious huh ;)

good to see yoy more involved , good luck on the new forum .

there are some amazing dojos out there , and would be good to get ideas for when I build mine .
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Postby gmattson » Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:21 am

:)

Every dojo should have a teacher who has a sense of humor. Mine is also, often misunderstood. Susan keeps reminding me to be careful what I say, because people dwell on every word and take everything sooooo seriously.
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Postby CANDANeh » Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:59 am

A dojo needs students that one day in the never so distant future will enter each others dojo(s) and be greeted as long time friends should be
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Postby Mills75 » Sat Jul 30, 2005 1:31 am

I think most importantly a dojo needs to follow the code of conduct for Uechi-ryu and whatever the sensei feels he needs to add to that code for the respect and legitimacy of his dojo.

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Postby Dana Sheets » Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:15 pm

R-e-s-p-e-c-t. :D
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Postby Mills75 » Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:24 am

You're awesome...karate does begin and end with respect afterall.. :D

Jeff :D
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Postby RA Miller » Sat Aug 06, 2005 1:39 am

The smell of sweat.
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I invited a couple

Postby gmattson » Sat Aug 06, 2005 1:48 pm

of my Florida students to join me for a workout in my jungle dojo this morning. This is as close to an Okinawan Summer workout as you can get.

After ten minutes we were all drenched in sweat and feeling fantastic! Floridians tend to live all Summer in air conditioned environments and don't allow their bodies to adjust to the heat and humidity and because of this, they really suffer going outside.
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Requrements for a dojo

Postby chef » Sat Aug 06, 2005 9:23 pm

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,
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