If you like martial arts, then you certainly know what Dojo is and how important it is for any training. This term is, of course, Japanese term and it means “place of the way.” In the past dojos were a part of temples but nowadays we have them all around the world. In the Western World, this terms is usually related to a training place specialize for Japanese martial arts like karate, judo or aikido. There is a difference between how people define this term in Japan and the rest of the world. Unlikely to the World in Japan this term can be related to any physical training facility.
First of all, you are not allowed to wear shoes there. Cleaning is very important, and in some of the dojos there is a rule to clean it before, that is, after every session. In the past, there was a tradition that special student for example uchi-deshi was in charge for cleaning. For visitors they usually have a special place reserved, but that also depends on their rank and station.
In some cases, people use this term to describe the meditation halls. In these halls Zen Buddhist practice zazen meditation. Some of them use term zendo and others dojo it depends on the region.
No matter how you think that martial arts are focused on the physical strength, you need to be aware that every single one of them is focused on mental health as well. We can say that every dojo is focused on learning above everything. Only with learning, you can make progress and without it, nobody can overcome the obstacles that we can encounter on our way. For a lot of things, it takes time, and that is exactly what we can learn in the dojo. We need to be strong for our good physically and mentally as well. Dojo is the way to find our inner truth.
Every Aikido enthusiast, from amateurs to senior practitioners, has heard of Sensei Hikitsuchi. He was one of the greatest names in the world of Aikido, one of the most important experts in this noble martial art. If you want to learn a bit more about Sensei Michio, visit our dojo for a free lecture about his life and the vast influences his teachings have on the art of Aikido.
Here we will present only basic information about the biography of MichioHikitsuchi, and we invite you to join us for a free lecture where you can hear more valuable information. Also, we organized several Aikido experts to speak about the Sensei, and you will be able to purchase a book about him.
Michio had a tough life as a child. His father passed when he was only two and his mother when he was seven. He grew up living with his grandmother who introduced him to basic martial arts, knowing a few forms of naginata combat. At the age of nine, he started to learn Kendo. His talent quickly showed, and he soon transitioned to other martial arts, including bojutsu, karate, and jujutsu. He had to wait until the age of fourteen to see the path life will throw at him.
Michio always used to say how Morihei was like a father to him. Their relationship was truly close. They met when Michio was a boy of fourteen.He had to struggle to reach the great master because he needed recommendations from five people to start training as Morihei`s student.
As years passed, Michio proved himself to be an excellent student, and he developed a very strong bond with his teacher, not only a professional but a father to son relationship. Morihei taught him everything he knew, about Aikido as a martial art and as a worldview, a philosophy. Not only that Moriheilearned to apply Aikido in practice, but he also became a walking encyclopedia of Aikido teachings. His students and other teachers named him the “Aiki Computer” because he could practically recite the teachings of Ueshiba.
Today, Sensei Hikitsuchi is one of the legends of Aikido, and probably the most well-known student of the founder, Morihei Ueshiba. As his abilities and expertise grew, so did his fame around the world. He held many lectures in Europe and the United States, teaching at dojos which his students started and developed. He achieved the 10th Dan rank at age 46. He died aged 80, in his homeland of Japan.
If you want to hear more about Sensei Hikitsuchi from other Aikido experts and maybe buy a book about his life, come and join us in our dojo for an interesting lecture.