|First formal training at the new dojo today|
I'm also asked, fairly frequently, how many dojo are there in 'my organization'? Again, I'm at pains to point out that the Shinseidokan is not an organization, it's a dojo. I have only ever had one dojo, and that has always been the one I'm using. That said, I strongly encourage every student to establish their own dojo at home, and to use it often. So, if you count all of the dojo established by students, you'll find there are two in Western Australia, one in South Australia, one in Victoria, and three in Tasmania. Given there are only eight students altogether, that's not bad. The only student who doesn't have his own dojo is currently living and training in Japan.
|Although not yet finished, the new dojo is already a great home for karate & kobudo|
Each student has established a dojo according to their means and situation, and not all of them are as well built as this one. Some of the dojo are converted sheds, or areas of a back yard set aside for training. All the dojo are equipped with kigu, as karate practice without these tools is considered lacking in something that I consider fundamental to developing a natural 'feeling' for karate. There is a sense of striving that comes with establishing a dojo; a feeling that you consider your karate important enough to set aside a space used for nothing else, and to immerse yourself in the pursuit of budo when you occupy it.
|Mitch training Suparinpei kata this morning in his new dojo|
Mitch Turner is not wealthy, he's a family man with two young children and a mortgage. Like the other Shinseidokan members he has come to appreciate that karate is not physical entertainment for the masses, but a deeply personal enterprise, and an attempt to come to grips with something intangible and yet clearly valuable. He has managed to find the resources to bring about a dojo where once there was only earth, What he has learned about himself while building his dojo, are the same things the other students discovered when they established their's.
As the sunlight shone through windows and traced it's way across the dojo floor, I watched the students practice their kata and smiled quietly to myself...."The old had found another new home".