An Elite Academy Of Martial Arts
Aiki-Jujutsu, Aikido, Kodokan Judo, Practical Self-Defense & Classical Weapons for Houston Martial Artists
We have installed one of the best training floors in Houston and the State of Texas because when you train in martial arts you want professional level facilities.
This is an important consideration when training in a martial art where throwing your training partner and learning to control them is a major part of the training. The facilities in the dojo should provide as much protection as possible in order to avoid unnecessary injuries, and additionally the training area should be as large as possible to provide room to move which is why our training mat is 2,500 square feet, one of the largest in the city.
In Japan the very best dojo have what is referred to as a "sprung floor". That means that the training floor is placed on top of steel springs and on top of the springs is a layer of plywood, then Olympic-level mats to cushion the falling, then canvas so that you can step and move easily without having your feet stick to the mats.
This type training surface is commonly referred to as a "fast surface" meaning that you can comfortably take falls with a minimal chance of injury while still being able to walk and move quickly. It is a vastly superior training surface when compared to folding gym mats laid over a concrete floor or pads thrown down in a garage or storage facility..
There are other items to look for that may seem commonsense but surprisingly not all dojo have them. These would include separate dressing rooms for both male and female students, and separate rest rooms. And, it's nice if the dressing rooms have clothes hooks so that when you suit-up for training, you don't have to lay your clothes on the floor. So being able to change at the dojo (and not drive in traffic in your uniform) is always a plus.