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Dojo Cleaning

About a week ago, my students and Sensei Gary Omori's Koshinkan Dojo Aikido students got together for a joint dojo cleaning. We use adjacent rooms. On Monday, my class uses his matted room and on Wednesdays my class uses the linoleum tiled room next door.

I sent an email to my students to let them know about the Saturday morning cleaning. Most of my students came out.

I must say that I have excellent students. How do I know this? Because I did not have to tell any of my students what to do. They all simply began to clean with no instruction or supervision. They all just worked together.

I did not have to supervise at all. What did I do? As the Sensei, I thought it important to find the dirtiest job and do it. So I cleaned toilets. But I had plenty of help.

No one complained. No one slacked off. This is how a dojo should be. We all work together. I even have some students who have missed classes for the last few months because of work, but still came out to help clean.

If anyone thinks I am bragging, you have remember that I am bragging that my students can clean well! I always say:

  • Clean the dojo, clean youself.
  • Clean the dojo, have a clean mind.
  • If your dojo is clean, your home and office should be clean too.
  • If you are too good to clean, then you are too good for our dojo.
  • The Sensei should lead by example. If he does not help clean the dojo, he is missing his own training.
  • If you clean the dojo but do not help clean at home, you should quit Karate.
  • They way you are in the dojo should reflect the way you are outside the dojo.
Cleanliness should also apply to your gi and body. Your fingernails and toenails should also be clean and neatly trimmed. Jewelry should not be worn in the dojo.

I am very fortunate to have fine students (who also clean very well).


Charles C. Goodin