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Japan, the "Land of BUDO” is home to many Dojos, including Karate, Kenjutsu, Jujutsu, and Aikido, etc. There, Sensei(instructors) and Deshi(students) practice diligently day in and day out.

When you visit Japan, why not visit a dojo of your interest to observe and experience "real BUDO"?

On this page, you can search for dojos by free keyword(name, ryuha, etc.) by region, or by category to see dojos where you can observe and experience martial arts.

*Please do not visit a dojo without an appointment. Please be sure to contact them in advance by e-mail or through their website.
*Practice times and locations are those at the time of registration and are subject to change.
*We are unable to respond to inquiries about each dojo’s information.

What is a Dojo ?

A dojo (道場) is a place where Budo (martial arts) training takes place. It is not just a gym or a place to practice physical techniques; it is a space dedicated to the cultivation of discipline, respect, and the holistic development of mind, body, and spirit. Here are some key aspects of a traditional Japanese Budo dojo:

1. Etiquette and Respect
Respect and proper etiquette are fundamental in a dojo. Students bow when entering and leaving the dojo, as well as before and after practicing with a partner. This shows respect for the training space, the instructors, and fellow students.

2. Structure and Hierarchy
Dojo usually have a hierarchical structure. The head instructor, often referred to as "Sensei," oversees the training. Senior students, called "Senpai," assist and guide junior students or "Kohai." This hierarchy fosters a learning environment where knowledge is passed down and respect is maintained.

3. Training and Techniques
Training in a dojo involves learning various techniques specific to the martial art being practiced. For example:

Karate: Focuses on strikes using hands, feet, and elbows.
Judo: Emphasizes throws, grappling, and submission techniques.
Aikido: Involves blending with an opponent’s movements and using their energy against them.
Kendo: Practicing swordsmanship with bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armor.

4. Kata and Sparring
Kata are pre-arranged forms or patterns of movements that simulate combat scenarios. They help students practice techniques, timing, and precision. Sparring, or "Kumite" in some martial arts, allows students to apply techniques in a controlled, competitive environment.

5. Meditation and Philosophy
Many dojos incorporate elements of meditation and philosophy into their training. This can include practices like "Zazen" (seated meditation) to cultivate mindfulness and inner peace. The philosophies often emphasize perseverance, humility, and self-improvement.

6. Cultural Elements
A dojo often includes cultural elements such as traditional Japanese calligraphy, a Shomen (front of the dojo) with a Kamiza (a small shrine), and various martial arts equipment. These elements enrich the training experience and connect students to the cultural roots of their martial art.

7. Community and Camaraderie
Training in a dojo builds a strong sense of community. Students support each other’s growth and development, forming lasting bonds through shared challenges and achievements.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced martial artist, training in a Japanese dojo offers a unique and enriching experience that extends beyond physical skills to include personal growth and cultural appreciation. Welcome to the journey of Japanese Budo!

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