Formal Classes - The Dojo:
Formal Classes are held in the Do-jo. The ratio of Instructors to students is very personalised. On an average we have about one instructor to 2-3 students at the Beginners Level. This will allow the beginners to have a better insight into the Art.
The word Dojo is a misunderstood word:
A badminton hall is a place one learns the game of badminton; a golf club likewise is a place with a vast expanse of land where one learns to hit the golf ball. So a dojo is quite obviously a place where one learns to fight. What’s all the fuss about. Well, the fuss is about the incorrect understanding among many people about what the dojo is all about.
The Chinese ideogram for DOJO consists of two words. In Japanese it reads DO-JO and in Mandarin TAO-CANG. The word
Jo or Cang simply means a shelter or refuge; a place where one gets away from. So a Dojo is not merely a place to learn ‘fighting’. In essence it is really a “get-away” for the mind and body. Like a ship that needs refuelling and refitting, likewise the mind, body and spirit can find back the balance and harmony in a refuge that is called the ‘dojo’.
The word DO in Japanese or TAO in Mandarin is basically what the Dojo is all about. One comes to the Dojo to understand and experience the Tao or Do. It is more than just knowing and applying techniques, for techniques are mere manifestations from a source. The Tao is about this ‘source’. Emphasis must not be placed just on the manifestation but one must go further and deeper into that source which is
YOU. To put it simply, experiencing the Tao is to experience oneself, to discover what the ‘self’, with all its related conflicts, is all about. It is as much a journey towards self-realisation so that when one can finally free oneself from all the inhibitions and hindrances that create all the disharmony and doubts within one-self, one will naturally be able to ‘flow’ in one’s manifestations (whether in terms of martial art techniques or just daily activities).
The Ninjukai Dojo is set up in a holistic manner – to allow members to understand that this man-made separation of mind, body and spirit is really not necessary and is
in fact inhibiting us from our full potential. Training in the Dojo is therefore an important first step towards attaining a level of balance and harmony. Ask any of our members who have been through our training halls – and they can tell you that Ninjukai training is reflected in every aspect of their daily living.
There is also a fully-equipped gym in the Dojo, where the emphasis is on
cardiovascular training and strength building. All senior (adult) members have unlimited access to the gym during opening hours except during meditation class times and ICP meetings.
Where do we do our yin training you may ask. Well, there is the Chi-Tao courtyard and indoor mat where meditation sessions and classes are held. The Chi-Tao courtyard is also available for use where members can also practise their breathing techniques or sit in contemplation at any time. The Courtyard is a natural surrounding designed for members to pull back and find themselves before starting their formal classes.
Camps & Retreats:
Besides formal training in the Dojo, the members and Instructors adjourned for a forest retreat once or twice a year to further their training. It is here that members learned to harmonise both their yin and yang training. The student is made to understand that a dojo extends beyond the "four walls" of a building. You can bring the DO-JO along with you wherever you go. In the Forrest Retreat students learn to blend their training with the surroundings.