I think about our dojo and the students a lot. One of the more difficult aspects of running a budo karate school is the balance between individual student development and the overall health of the dojo. Honestly...I'm not sure that I could be much happier with the balance that we've got here.
Do you know who were are? Most of our adult students have no idea how successful some of our kids are and to the kids, our adult students are like characters in these funny stories that Sensei Bob likes to tell.
Did you know that our students at The Forge dojo range in age from 5-66? We've got kindergarten students, soon-to-be medical school students, and business owners. We've got men and women from all walks of life, in all seasons of life.
Outside of the dojo, we are so incredibly different. But in the dojo...that most special place...we are joined together by three common beliefs: everyone works, nothing is free, and all start at the bottom. We all, even our youngest students, embrace the challenge that's needed for self-improvement. It makes us quite a special group.
Dojo literally means "a place or room where martial arts are practiced". To me though, it goes well beyond the space or the room...to me, the dojo is the people. That's why we can train anywhere and call that space the dojo. We are the dojo. That's who we are.