The Dojo

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Where is Aikido of Ashland

Aikido of Ashland is located at 5405 Roberts Drive.  Robets Drive is also known as #8 Mine Road, in an area commonly known as Summit.   Some of our neighbors are Timeless Tans  and the Armstrong Gymnastics Studio.   If you need directions please call the dojo at 606-615-3440.

What is a Dojo?

The word Dojo is a Japanese word that means "place of enlightenment".   It also refers to a place of training.   Our dojo consist of a lobby, 2 dressing rooms, a bathroom, and a 1,200 sq. ft. mat area.   The dojo is a place where you can leave the outside world for a while, and focus on your personal development.   The dojo is more than just a training hall!  It's a special place to the people who train here, and we all take part in the dojo's maintenance and upkeep.

The picture below shows the area at the head of the dojo.  It is called the Shomen.    The wooden structure is called the Kamiza.  It is a focal point in most dojo,  and usually displays a picture of the founder or calligraphy,  some form of natural decoration (like flowers), and a weapons display.