Monday, July 4, 2011
Traditional Dojo Mat Cleaning
To watch the video: http://youtu.be/gqdLnf415_U
When I was a younger student going up the ranks in the martial art, it was always the kohai or junior students responsibility to clean the dojo. The traditional way to cleaning the dojo is to have all the student line up shoulder to shoulder on one end of the mat and push wet towels across the floor to the other side. I believe that the traditional way to clean the dojo is a great way to teach kids discipline and responsibility. It also instills a sense of community and ownership over the dojo, but at the same time, we make it fun by making it a race.
You can use a long towel that take a few student to push across the mat to inspire better teamwork, camaraderie, and cooperation between your students.
Having your student clean the mats using this method consistently will provide a clean, germ free, and healthy environment for your students to train.
A quick word of caution... Never use chemical cleaners in the water with kids.