Aoi Koyamakan Dojo
The Aoi Koyamakan
Hills Hall) Dojo
(dou-joh- place to practice a way) derives its name from both the
Blue Hills of Boston, Massachusetts) and the founder of Tenshin Shintai
Ryu Heiho, Koyama Oguri, Soshi.
The dojo was constructed in a
detached 2.5 car garage. Preparations
to the space included adding walls, windows, and insulation.
The dojo is finished
in the shoin-zukuri (the so-called 'Samurai')-style,
a tokonoma (alcove) featuring a rough-hewn
(central post) made from an original roof purlin.
(practice area) is 14' x 21'
and is covered in foam tatami (mats) for safe rolling and
falling while being firm enough to do standing,
weapons work without risking joint damage. Only tabi and bare
feet are allowed on the mats.
All of the
(weapons racks) were built by hand; there are training tools (wooden
swords, dirks, etc.) on the lower kake available for use (with
permission) until you
acquire your own. The higher kake is for personal
weapons used while in class.
There is a small (30+ title) lending library for members that includes
books and periodicals on Japanese language, history and art as well as
books on anatomy and healing.
The dojo has one 5' x 6' kigaejo
(changing room) with storage for bags and clothes during class.