The dojo is located at the D.R. Semmes YMCA studio 2 on Hwy 281 and N. St. Mary's street. Before and after each class we work together to set out then stack up all the mats to build teamwork and keep the hardwood floors underneath clean and in great shape.
We have full access to the YMCA changing areas, showers, and restrooms for students' convenience, however only Y members may access the rest of the Y facilities. Making the classtime a focused and coordinated effort towards the study of aikido is every students' responsibility. Upon entering the dojo, members are encouraged to show respect to the space, regarding it as separate from his/her daily life. It is a place to improve oneself, so removing shoes and hats also signifies a shedding of the outside world. This spirit lends itself to a concentrated effort toward "kaizen," or "constant improvement."
Peter Bernath Shihan at Aikido of Austin Seminar