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WELCOME TO

KAISHUKAN AIKIDO DOJO

A Member Of

THE BRITISH AIKIDO FEDERATION

Under The Direction Of

Kanestuka Shihan (8th Dan Hombu)

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What Is A Dojo?

 

The word dojo means "Place of the way"
(meees) it is the term used for a place where martial arts are taught. In many places this is a room in a gymnasium or a community centre. The purpose of a dojo is to provide a place to learn either through normal classes or via seminars (called gashuku, ).

 

A traditional dojo building in its own right, but regardless of this the areas of a dojo are the same (as indicated in the diagram). The front (Shomen ) is the area is called the Kamiza (Heaven Seat ), this is where the sensei (teacher ) sits. And the back of the dojo is the Shimoza (lower seat
) where the gakusei (students ) sit, this is also where the Genkan (Foyer ) is situated.

 

The Shimoseki is the lower side (left side facing the kamiza) of the dojo where lower grades or junior members (ko.hai ), whereas the senior students (sen.pai ) sit at the Jo seki (on the right hand side ).

 

The centre of the dojo is called the Enbujo ( Demonstration Feild) or Keikojo ( Practice Area), this area is usually covered in mats called tatami . The Areas of the dojo can be also related to the five Chinese elements.

 

The shomen may have a number of features, in Aikido there is a picture of the founder (1) taking the central place often on a (kami dana ) or (2) "god shelf". In traditional dojos this is in an alcove called the toko.no.ma (1). Often a dojo will have a calligraphy Scroll on the wall with the kanji for aikido or the dojo name, this is called a kake jiku . A dojo may also have a name board listing the members and instructors this is called a nafuda kake .

 

Naming A Dojo

A dojos name traditionally is given by a senior instructor it often describes its location or a feature such as a river or a mountain often ending in kan meaning place or hall.

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