The rented dojo has great light. It’s a nice space. Floor is tough, cement with tile on top. Rick let me have his old mats so we now can do throws and take downs without killing the newbies! Photo doesn’t do it justice. I took it off a video clip. The space is called the training center by the Y.
We set up a makawara on the deck on the outside of the dojo, so I guess we are not a dance studio….then again we don’t have any skidoos so we might be.
In the winter months we are displaced from the training center and moved to a different spot.Here is an outside view of the winter dojo.
Kind of strange , low light and plush carpet with underlay. Just doesn’t feel right…but it’s good for ground work so I explore more of the mat in the winter.
They just move the furniture to the fireplace end when we train. Gives the space a temporary feel, just not our dojo, I was happy to move back to the training center this spring!
The room still doesn’t feel right to me, but I’ll live with it. I’m thinking about putting in a vending machine to augment the revenue stream.
Just kidding, I’m always happy to move back to our regular space, something about carpet just feels wrong.
I think when the dust settles we come to realize that it’s not important where we train, but what we train, and who we train with. You just get to know and respect the people who sacrifice their time and bodies to train with you. Friendships develop! I suspect the folks at GEM’s camp already know this.