The Dojo

05 March 2024

Dojo (noun): A place or hall where judo or other martial arts are practiced.

Ultimate Judo has always sought to do things differently and to provide unique opportunities to our members. As we finally open the doors to our permanent home, the traditional definition of a dojo doesn’t seem right for us. In a world often fraught with chaos and uncertainty, finding a sanctuary where one can hone both mind and body is a treasure beyond measure. The opening of our permanent dojo symbolises the birth of a community, a haven where our members can gather not just to learn judo but to foster camaraderie, discipline, and resilience.

 While one might automatically assume that Gordon’s dream spurred the creation of the new dojo, it was actually Yati who emerged as the true driving force. The club has always fostered a familial atmosphere, serving as a supportive cocoon for its members. This ethos will be exemplified through the dojo. Although judo remains Gordon’s passion, Yati has remained steadfast in her dedication to establishing a permanent and distinctive dojo, solidifying her conviction that family transcends into community.

 As the doors swing open to unveil this sacred space, a palpable sense of anticipation fills the air. The walls resonate with the echoes of determination and the spirit of unity. This dojo is more than just a place to practice judo; it is a sanctuary where individuals of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities converge to embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth. 

Central to the ethos of this new dojo is the unwavering commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment. Safety isn’t just about physical protection; it encompasses emotional well-being and a sense of belonging. Ultimate Judo is a place where every member is valued, respected, and supported, regardless of their skill level or background. It’s a sanctuary where individuals can unleash their potential without fear of judgment or prejudice.

 The sense of community is woven into the very fabric of the dojo. Beyond the rigorous training sessions and disciplined practice, members forge bonds that transcend the confines of the dojo walls. It’s a place where friendships flourish, mentors inspire, and collective achievements are celebrated with unbridled enthusiasm. On that note, it brought a tremendous sense of pride that we were able to welcome so many of our members and their families over the opening weekend and, in particular, seeing some members making a return. 

 Gordon and his team of coaches are all seasoned practitioners themselves. They are not just coaches but mentors, guiding their students with wisdom and compassion. They instill in them the values of discipline, focus, and resilience, empowering them to confront life’s challenges both inside and outside the dojo. This is the reason our permanent home is such an important step for the club. 

Each member carries with them the torch of this new beginning, committed to upholding the values and principles that define this dojo. Together, they stand as a testament to the transformative power of judo and the enduring strength of community.

 In the heart of this new dojo, amidst the echoes of footsteps and the rhythmic sound of breakfalls, lies the promise of new beginnings and boundless possibilities. It is a sanctuary where individuals come not just to train their bodies but to nourish their souls, united in their pursuit of excellence and their commitment to each other.


written by Stuart Sim

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