Where is Your Dojo?

Hi Everyone! (Parents & Kids),

A "Dojo" is a Japanese term which literally means "place of the way".  (Wikipedia)

It is a formal gathering place where learning/training takes place for the Japanese "do" arts, such as Karate-do, Kendo, and Judo.

Over these many years, I have held class in a variety of locations.  Most of these locations were not strictly a dedicated Martial Arts Dojo.  

These locations include Backyards, Garages, Living Rooms, Porches, and Multipurpose Rooms in City Buildings.

"Where is your dojo?" really refers to a place of learning... where ever that may be.

Each of my students who have learned from me really had the right attitude.  They wanted to learn.  They never complained of where the class was held.  They came and we trained.

About 10 years ago, I was living in a 1 bedroom apartment in Greenville, NC.  I had scheduled a class for a few students who were putting in some extra training time since they were about to test for their Black Belt.  The class was held on a Friday evening outside of my apartment.  if it rained, we would squeeze into my little living room.

That was a sight to behold... We fit 6 teenage students in my living room training... they learned how to adjust to the tiny quarters.  They did what was necessary because of their attitude and their desire to learn.

Their "Dojo" is between their ears.  Their "Mind".

Remember to: Radiate Confidence, Exhibit Courage, and Exemplify Character.

Live Fearless!

Mr. Jerome Nojima

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