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Building the Dojo


With the generous help of so many we transformed an office building into our Dojo home.

Here are some of the highlights along the way!

Day 1:  Its all blue and tired!

STAGE 1: December 2015 – Demolition of Offices to create our beautiful Open Space

Followed by the clean up!

The laying of the first mat..

First birthday party!

STAGE 2: January 2017 – Moving the Back Wall, Building the Shomen Wall and the Bonsai Wall

Beginning the Shomen wall










The first doors go in












Training of course continues throughout..

New kitchen and paint job















Lighting up the amazing  Himalayan Cedar – Plinth base of our Shomen – Shrine Alcove.

Almost there

Kamisama installed

Finishing touches

Stage one COMPLETE!!

Aikilife Dojo: Jan, 2017

Stay tuned for more exciting developments!  Stage 3: The Japanese Tea Room. The beautiful centrepiece of this room will be an amazing sum-ink painting by Ann Sensei’s Mum, Fudeko Reeke.  It is Stunning!