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    Default Dojo or Academy?


    I have noticed some Jiu-Jitsu clubs deliberately refer to their home as a Dojo (I think mine does) rather than an academy? Why the specificity? Is it down to tradition or philosophy?

    "It's all in the hips....It's all in the hips"
    Chubbs Peterson (Happy Gilmore)

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    I believe that comes down to personal preference so you'd have to ask each one individually...

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    same thing really just differen't language dojo means a place of learning i believe which the same is true of an academy. it's also a force of habit for anyone coming from a judo/taekwondo/karete etc.. background.

    i know i often slipt of the tongue refer to our training hall as a dojang.
    "Death and pain are just a small price to pay for the enjoyment of battle!"

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    Dojo is Japanese,Academy is Portuguese.

    I tend to prefer the word Dojo as it helps slow the erosion
    of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu's history as a Japanese system taught to

    It is only a small distinction and no big deal,but I feel it pays a little respect
    to where our art came from.

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    I always say if you wear a Gi then its a Dojo and if not then its an Academy.

    Traditional Martial Arts ~ no matter which one ~ should be taught in a Dojo.

    Old School Karate

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    I'm old school Karate and Trad JJ, so it's dojo for me


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    Dojo for sure!!
    MMA is not a charity

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    Dojo is Japanese. A place of practice. JuJitsu is Japanese in origin, thus Academies should be referred to as a dojo

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    I just all my place my gym
    ‎"He who goes to bed with itchy bum, wake up with stinky finger."

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    academia in portuguese so i say academy
    man, when you're the nail, hang in there....until the day you become the hammer

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