United Judo Academy teaches the importance of keeping their own dojo clean by following Japanese way of teachings in Dojo.
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Soji is a Japanese word and means the act of ′′ cleaning “; in Japan there is a tradition in regular schools and also in martial arts temples and dojos, which is the cleaning of the place at the end of classes; it is called ′′ soji no jikan “, something like cleaning time.
Groups usually form (for every part of the dojo, school, temple) with a leader or coordinator, and students, monks or disciples – depending on the case – take their cleaning supplies and clean the place (school) , dojo, temple), for a time not greater than 15 minutes. At the end of cleaning the leader of each group checks or inspects the place, says a few motivational words, reveals everyone and determines the dispersal of the group.
It has to be noted that at soji time, especially in the dojo’s, there is no differentiation between more graduates and less graduates, just a distinction in who will give the command of cleaning, but who will also help with this and everyone should clean, whether it’s tatame, toilet or other room.
In Soji’s act, in the act of cleaning, we learn to clean our ego, we learn to be more humble, we learn to throw away our imperfections with dirt. In Soji’s act we can meditate on training, even perform the mokuso during soji, reflecting on the mistakes and right, to seek evolution. Soji is more than a physical cleanse, but an educational act of spiritual cleansing. It is a way of working respect for the next and putting into practice the two fundamental principles of judo: Seiryoku Zenyo and Jita Kyoei.