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Old 01-04-2008, 06:42 PM   #2
Fred Little
Dojo: NJIT Budokai
Location: State Line NJ/NY
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 632
Re: Dojo etiquette (explanation) ?

Jon Shickel wrote: View Post
( I split this off into a separate thread because it's doesn't really deal with the student / Sensei interaction )

I think our dojo is formal, but obviously some are more formal than us on some matters.

Was the offense walking behind the Sensei, walking behind the Sensei with a weapon, or walking between the Sensei and shomen?

Just honestly asking so I won't offend others if I visit another dojo.
Many dojo simply have a shomen; some dojo have a kamiza.

Walking between an instructor and a kamiza is a huge faux-pas.

The pattern remains present in dojo that have a shomen that is explictly not a kamiza.

For a fuller explanation of the way space is organized in a traditional dojo and why this might be so, Dave Lowry's article What Puts The Tao in the Dojo is a good start.
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