Our Training

Time & Place

Tuesday and Thursday from 20:00 to 21:30

A trial training is possible upon request on all training days. Please be at the dojo 30 minutes before training starts.

The training location is in Kreuzberg, at Skalitzerstr. 33 (1st courtyard, 2nd floor) near the underground station Görlitzer Bahnhof. We train in a Japanese dojo. In 2005 the dojo floor was renovated. Since then we can train on 200 sqm parquet floor.

Training contents

During training, we primarily train katas – fixed sequences of movements – with which the practitioner should prepare for as many variations of an attack as possible. Since the Japanese Middle Ages, when this martial art originated, the training objective has changed. Today, the main goal of training is to execute the correct movement sequences as accurately as possible and thus to learn to understand the essence of this martial art over time with mind and body.

The complexity of the movements and the accuracy with which they have to be executed require a well-developed ability to concentrate. This must be acquired over time in the training. Each individual is supported individually by the coaches present.

Dojo etiquette

  1. I come to the dojo on time, because the training starts on time.
  2. I bow towards shomen every time I enter and leave the dojo..
  3. My training clothes consist of gi, obi and hakama, in the colours black, white or dark blue. I train barefoot and wear no jewellery.
  4. I am aware that I am here to train and learn. I have private conversations in the adjoining rooms.
  5. I place my sword or bokuto along the wall in the dojo, with the hilt pointing towards the shomen. I do not touch other people’s swords without asking..
  6. To prevent the sword from sliding out of the saya, I secure it with my thumb on the tsuba.
  7. In the dojo I follow the instructions of the instructor(s) immediately, without discussion or comment.
  8. I signal any questions that arise during the training to the instructor(s) with a hand signal.
  9.   I will ask for the instructor’s permission to break off the training or leave the dojo early.
  10. As an advanced student, I take on the task of supporting beginners in observing these and other rules.