The Dojo means "place of the way" where one studies a 'Do' or 'Tao' - a 'Way'. Dojos were once adjuncts to temples and religious groups where disciplines and practices of the faith/way were studied. It is a place of enlightenment.

In Aikido, the dojo is still traditionally respected and revered. The student bows upon entering, and remains silent while being present in the dojo. During Aikido classes, only the Sensei's (or instructor's) voice will be heard. The students are expected to be engaged in quiet concentration on the task and lessons at hand.

Parts of the Dojo
Parts of the Dojo

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