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    Default What does the dojo mean to you?

    For me, the dojo is wonderful, special place. I'm almost more at home there than I am in my house. I put my thoughts in this blog http://budobum.blogspot.com/2016/03/dojo.html

    What does the dojo mean to you? Is it just a place to train and sweat? Or is it something more?
    Peter Boylan
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    Mr. Boylan,

    I enjoyed the article. I would like to ask at what point did the dojo take on that meaning? Recently stepping onto a new dojo floor I have felt trepidation, doubt, excitement, joy, fear, all jumbled. At what point do you think you began to feel what you described in your article? Honestly interested.

    Stephen
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    Mr. Baker,

    Growing to feel this way about the dojo was a gradual process. My first dojo really felt like home after about a year of training. I had to learn all the local etiquette and expectations before I felt completely comfortable there. After that, I gradually became more and more comfortable at other dojo that I visited, as I realized what part of our local dojo customs were really common budo customs that I could rely on pretty much anywhere. By the time I first went to Japan, I'd been practicing for 4 years and the dojo had become a second home for me. It really sank in when I moved to Japan and was able to fit into the dojo culture with such ease, even as I struggled with Japanese culture outside of the dojo.
    Peter Boylan
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    Good read.
    Chris Thomas

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