Dojo translates as 'way place'. It is where we practice. In other words,
a space where the student can practice a zen method of contemplation.
So as to not disturb our fellow students, the atmosphere in the dojo is
quiet and focused. As such it important to keep talking to a minimum.
To keep the dojo special and clean, shoes are removed before entering
(even if you are only going to watch), and we bow to the dojo at the
entrance on entering and leaving as a sign of respect and intent.
It is important that students treat each other with respect, and
generously help each other in their endeavours.