The Difference Between The Dojo And The Street

There’s a significant difference between training in the dojo and getting into an actual conflict on the street. For one thing, the dojo should (hopefully) be a controlled environment and includes a gi or other garment that’s inherently designed to promote proper movement. And dojos usually involve training barefooted. So what happens when you get into an altercation where your movements may be restricted by street cloths and shoes or boots? In this video, I briefly explain some of the issues you may face when trying to use karate while dressed for street instead of the dojo. ☯

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Shawn

I am a practitioner of the martial arts and student of the Buddhist faith. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 4 years old and have been fighting the uphill battle it includes ever since. I enjoy fitness and health and looking for new ways to improve both, as well as examining the many questions of life. Although I have no formal medical training, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding health, Diabetes, martial arts as well as Buddhism and philosophy. My goal is to share this information with the world, and perhaps provide some sarcastic humour along the way. Welcome!

2 thoughts on “The Difference Between The Dojo And The Street”

  1. Excellent video. I can relate to your dilemma regarding the insulin pump. I wear bilateral cochlear implants and there is a fairly good chance that the external processors will come loose and fall off my head should I ever get into a self defense situation.

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    1. I think that any medical device that has an external component would be a concern. But i think that yours would have a specific issue, given the fact that most fights usually involve the combatants taking shots at each other’s heads. A few years ago I got into a situation on the job that ended up with me rolling on the ground with another individual. I was on my previous pump and I rolled over it twice before the encounter was over. I dealt with the immediate situation, but my mind kept floating back to the possibility that I might have damaged my pump. And that’s another issue; concerns ro one’s medical device can distract you from protecting yourself adequately. Luckily, my previous pump was made of pretty solid stuff. Not sure my current one would fare as well, with its fancy little screen. Newer technology can sometimes be flimsier…

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