Dojo is more than a training room. It is the place where you train and develop your education. It’s the place where you work to become better day by day.
Etymological, dojo means “the place where the path is studied”. Joining the Champion Dojo , means going to a different world where principles such as “Tsuki no kokoro” (Spirit as moon) have a special meaning and bushido must be our daily code.
Traditional Japanese dojos are entirely wooden and respect traditional architecture. Dojo in our country are sports halls from schools and high schools or universities, or just regular training rooms.
Dojo is organized on its front-to-back axles ( kamiza – shimoza ) and lateral ( joseki – shimoseki ).
Every side of the room has a meaning. The terms described below do not define the walls of a room, but the sides delimited by the practice space of each dojo.
It is “the place of honor”. On this side is generally the portrait of Gichin Funakoshi, the emblem of the dojo, a calligraphy, a floral arrangement (ikebana) or even a shinto altar ( 神道).
During the meditation at the beginning and the end of the lesson, the instructor returns with the pupils, face the kamiza and shows their respect for masters who are no longer alive.
The term shimo is another way of reading the shita ideogram that means “below”, “inferior”. This is the part of the dojo reserved for students for the meditation at the beginning and the end of the lesson, as well as explanations and demonstrations.
“The high rank seat”. This is the place on the right of kamiza , the place of honor where the guests are, and the higher grades.
Students, during the meditation at the beginning and end of the session, line up on shimoza and leave places closest to joseki for sempai (the most advanced in grade and / or older).
“Low rank seat” is the left side of the kamiza . This place is the least significant of a dojo . Kohai (beginners), during the greeting at the beginning and at the end of the session, aligns on shimoza on the shimoseki side.