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A place for training in martial arts. This may be a hall, building, room, natural environment, or any established place for the practice of one or more martial arts.

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WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A DOJO COULD NOT BE CLASSED AS A McDOJO? [duplicate]

If a McDojo conveys an emphasis on commercialism and an assembly line approach to the detriment of 'martial art', what would the signs be of a dojo which would benefit the 'martial arts'. Which dojos ...
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Is it appropriate to display the dojo kun at home?

The dojo kun is a set of 5 principles that should be followed in the dojo. The dojo kun states the basic philosophy of karate, according to Funakoshi. Some schools choose to recite the principles at ...
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What are the signs that a dojo could be classed as a McDojo?

McDojo is a portmanteau of the words McDonald's, a famous American fast food chain dojo This conveys a emphasis on commercialism and an assembly line approach to the detriment of martial arts. ...
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Finding out why people leave?

We do get the usual leaving patterns: after a few sessions, after six month, after a few years, and after getting shodan. While we, as instructors, can guess why this is happening, I am looking for ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of “Man up” within the dojo

The common interpretation of the phrase according to the New York Times and urban dictionary and dictionary.com is about living up to a stereotypical image of masculinity. There are other meanings ...
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Looking for Yoshinkan Aikido Dojos in Osaka [closed]

I am living in Osaka right now and am interested in learning Yoshinkan Aikido. I could not find a dojo so I need your help.
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Should I join the dojo?

I am considering joining a certain dojo but have some doubts. I practised before shito-ryu for a year, and I am starting again. I am about to join a dojo, and the following are the pros and cons: ...
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Should I sign up for my school if I notice inexperience black belts?

In my dojo for karate I can seperate the black belts in to two individual groups. One group knows what they're doing, and one other group doesn't. I was able to tell this from various occasions. One ...
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How can I judge the competency of a teacher?

Say I went to a dojo (or gym or whatever the place where you train is called) and watched a class. How would I objectively judge whether or not the teacher was proficient at his martial art? What do ...
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Should political/religious discussions be allowed inside the training place?

Most schools do not allow discussions about current political events/people and current religious events/people as a matter of fact: things can get ugly if people can't keep their opinions in check. ...
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How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?

I was doing some surfing today and noticed a few mentions of lineage when considering a given school/dojo. The people asking about lineage of a given school seemed to feel that if the instructor(s) ...
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How effective is practicing a martial art strictly outside of a dojo for beginners?

My girlfriend has expressed interest in learning one of the martial arts I practice with me, but when she has come to a class she has been very self-concious about being new and inexperienced (I've ...
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How can I respectful​ly raise concerns about class difficulty level/teac​hing style at my club?

I practice Taekwondo regularly with the club at my university. There are three main instructors, one 3rd dan and two 1st dan (my belt level). The club has a lot of black belts of varying degrees who ...
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Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo

What are the benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within the cadre of a western (aka based in the UK) Aikido dojo? I am interested in personal experience (not opinions) as to whether ...
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When moving to a new city, what considerations need to be taken into account finding a new teacher?

I took Shidokan for several years, and was very happy with my dojo and my sensei. I recently had to move for work, and I know from experience that these are two of the most important parts of your ...