Why you need a dojo

by Llewellyn Morkel

A dojo is a Japanese term which means "place of the way". In the Western World, the term dōjō  refers to a training place for Japanese martial arts.  in Japan, any physical training facility, may be called dōjō 

So why am I calling it a dojo, you ask? Firstly I’m fascinated by martial arts, secondly I think the definition makes it more fitting.

A place to practice the way. For me it is a place to train, practice skills, play with ideas and learn. Dojo is just the name that I choose to use. Feel free to come up with your own name, the most important part is to have the space. There are no set rules to what you need in your own space and we will get into setting up your own dojo in a later post. It’s your space you decide what you want to use and it evolves as you grow. The most important thing is to have a space.

It can be a space in your living room

It can be a space in your living room

A garage gym

A garage gym

There are many benefits to having a dojo, the most important being it kills excuses. You have a place to train right at home, there is no reason not to put in work. Having a space designated for that makes flaking out on training much harder. It’s a great place to interact, instead if sitting on the couch you can train with your partner or friends.  If you have a little time in your day you can always squeeze some kind of work in. Remember something is better than nothing.

a combination of split stance wall throws, slams and ceiling throws done as a circuit as fast and as powerful as possible.

A Turkish get up

I use mine for much more than just training. This post was written in the dojo. I do mobility, train, read, meditate, basically all the things that help me get better and level up.

The Basics

What you need to get started:

1.       Space

Find a space. Have a designated area dedicated to training, that doesn’t get packed away. Put down a gym mat of some sort if you can.

2.       Kettlebell, Medball, Pull up bar

Get one tool that you know how to use and enjoy using. This and bodyweight is a good starting point. If you can get more, awesome. I started with mat space and a pull up bar, now we have Kettlebells, a medball, paralettes, rings and much more.

3.       Give yourself a minimum time to spend in the dojo

By minimum I really mean minimum. Mine is 10min. I have to spend at least 10min doing something that is going to make me better. That’s 10min spent on improving yourself and your quality of life. 10min a day = 70min a week = 4.6 hours a month … it adds up.

Moral of the story. Make better decisions, remove excuses and work harder!