A DOJO is a hall or space for immersive learning or meditation. This is traditionally in the field of martial arts, but has been seen in other fields, such as meditation and software development. The term literally means “place of the WAY” in Japanese.
Jodan Uke Upward Block
Soto Uke Outward Block
Uchi Uke Inside Block
Gedan Barai Downward Block
Tobikomizuki Front straight snap punch
Tobigakuzuki Reverse straight snap punch
Kagizuki Hook punch
Nagashizuki Cross snap punch
Uraken Back fist
Maegeri Front snap kick
Mawashigeri Angle snap kick
Ushirogeri Back kick
Hidari Hanmi Gamae Fighting Stance
Naore Feet together- Attention
Yohi Feet apart – Ready
Zenkutsudachi Forward- weight on front leg
Nekoashi Cat- weight on back leg
Shikodachi Horse- weight divided equally
Sensei Ni Rei Bow to Instructor
Otagi Ni Rei Bow to Dojo and all assembled
Kiritsu Stand to attention
Dojo Training Hall
Karate Empty hand
Shi Zen Do To remain Natural- accordance with Natures way.
Kata Prearranged Moves
Kenset su Joint locking
The line up
At the beginning of each class you will hear the most senior student present call, “line up”. Upon hearing this command you must move quickly and quietly to stand in “heisoku dachi” or “informal stance” at your appropriate place of rank within that particular class. Depending on the size of the class, you will often find that your place within the rank of students will vary. This is to be expected since the more senior students there are in a class, the further down the line you will be.
The line up is done in rank order from right to left facing the “Shomen” or the “front” of the dojo. As a result unless you are actually teaching the class, you will always have a more senior student to your immediate right. This student may even be a student who wears the same colour of belt as you, but who has achieved that rank before you did. To your immediate left you will then find a student of similar or lesser rank and so on down the line, until finally at the end of the line you will find the newest or most junior student in the class. If you are ever required to start a new row due to the number of students ahead of you, be sure to start the row by standing behind the student on the extreme right end of the line in front of you, be sure that the line you start is of the same width as those in front of you, and that you are lined up directly behind the student in front of you.
One day, if you train long enough and hard enough, you too may find that it is your turn to give the command, “line up”.