It was always my dream to have a dojo in my home. I kept telling my wife: “When I’ll build a house, I want to have a place to practice”. She thought it would be something small, but here I am, with a 50 squared meter dojo in my house.
In Israel, getting a confirmation to build anything is very difficult. A lot of bureaucracies to overcome, even though every centimeter of the dojo will be placed on my ground, which I bought.
So, I decided to make a dojo covered by a tent. This way, I could skip almost all bureaucratic difficulties, as such building will be considered “temporary”.
My first attempt failed miserably. The carcass was built from a bad material, and one stormy night destroyed it completely.
After that first carcass was ruined, I had no other choice but to rebuild it. Double the material. Triple it if needed. It cost a lot of money but there was no way I would back from it.
So, I built the carcass once again. The metal is thicker, the design is smarter and I hope that it will hold the next winter.
But the most interesting part is of course the flooring. In order for the floor to be good for proper footwork – I watched several Japanese videos of correct kendo and budo flooring. And after measuring everything carefully – here it is.
And – here it is!
I hope that you all spread the word – my house is open for every naginata or Jukendo practitioner who comes to Israel. I will always have a place for you to stay and to practice!
Hope to see everyone soon,