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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"hall in which judo is practiced," 1942, from Japanese.


n. (context martial arts English) A training facility, usually led by one or more sensei


is a Japanese term which literally means "place of the way". Initially, dōjōs were adjunct to temples.

In the Western World, the term dōjō primarily refers to a training place specifically for Japanese martial arts such as aikido, judo, karate, or samurai; in Japan, any physical training facility, including professional wrestling schools, may be called dōjō because of its close martial arts roots. The term can also refer to a formal training place for any of the Japanese arts ending in "do", meaning "way".

Dojo (disambiguation)

Dojo can refer to:

  • Dojo, training hall
    • Dojo kun, rules of the hall
    • Dojahng, Korean hall
Dojo (instrument)

The dojo is a hybrid instrument designed as a cross between the Dobro-style guitar and the banjo.1 The body and resonator are like the Dobro, while it is strung like a five-string banjo. The tunings and fingerings are also just like a banjo. The intention in creating the dojo was to give banjoists the opportunity to get a completely different sound without having to learn fingerings for an entirely new instrument.2 Dojos have a much more mellow sound than a banjo, and plucked notes are sustained longer due to the resonator.3

Category:Banjo family instruments

Usage examples of "dojo".

I had the team at my own dojo, but it still pre-empted my regular schedule.

We dallied there briefly, then passed the library and the huge stadium and finally made it to the monstrous indoor dojo where the Cuban judo team was training.

I back-tracked and scooped it up, irritated because I was already late for my trip to the dojo, or judo and karate practice hall.

The students, true to the mores of the city instead of the dojo, had formed a crowd of avid spectators.

I had run into some of them before, and once one of them had worked out briefly in my dojo, practicing karate.

Many Puerto Ricans worked out in my dojo, and several were real whizzes.

Ilunga was a good housewife to my dojo, though she would have clobbered anyone who called her that.

I was satisfied with her performance on several counts: she was a good karate instructor, she kept the dojo neat, she handled the accounts well, and her presence encouraged both female and black attendance.

But I had meant for the woman to stop by at my dojo, not my apartment.

Now it was coming back: I had seen this woman at the dojo, in other clothing.

I had left the diamonds in their grisly head with Ilunga to fence, but brought my gis in order to mix in at a dojo more naturally.

But from 4:00 until 10:00 the dojo will be in use almost continuously.

Lights showed in the upper windows of Essential Shotokan, but the dojo below, like the rest of that building, was dark.

Wen led me out of the dojo confirming the arrangements Deborah had made with Carliss Swilley.

As expected, the basic floor plan matched the other schools a main dojo to my right, a smaller one lined with specialized training equipment to my left.