Before the pandemic shut us down, the dojo was 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. Although not ideal, it allowed our community to grow. We are still in discussions with the D.R. Semmes YMCA for a reinstatement of our programs, but as of now we are on hiatus until our next step for reopening is established.
Making the class time 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."