Our dojo holiday party was rescheduled due to a blizzard, and we ended up having it last Friday. I went in with Joe to help teach the kid’s class before the party that night. He asked me what I thought we should have them work on, and I said we should make them clean, which we did for the last portion of class. Joe told them we needed to clean the house before the guests arrived for the party!
One of the parents told me to thank the person who came up with the idea, because she loved it. Her son also does fencing at another school that is run as a club (like the dojo is) which means they don’t have janitors there either. She said they make the parents of the kids who train there do the cleaning. I’ve decided that is an excellent idea, and it’s about time my mom went to the dojo and cleaned it for me! Just kidding!
I actually got the idea from Sensei Gorman. At the end of the Friday adult class, he regularly has the students clean the floor the “traditional” way, using towels. One time when I showed up for class, he had us clean the dojo for the entire hour and a half.
The funny thing is, unlike some of the adults, the kids actually seemed to enjoy cleaning, and understand why they were doing it. They didn’t do the greatest job, but they were happy to help. The dojo is our home away from home, and it’s all of our responsibility to help keep it presentable, even the kids. Now it’s fresh and clean for the new year!