The Karate Dojo

Karate Class

A dojo is a place of learning. Every martial arts school will focus on something different, but at Buzz Durkin’s Karate School, we strive to have a productive and cooperative atmosphere.

The word dojo translates to mean way place. The general understanding of this definition is that the dojo is a place where the way of karate is studied and practiced. Practice is not only based upon physical development, but also mental and spiritual development. Every martial artist’s reason for practicing karate may be unique, but though training in the way of karate each student will better their discipline, concentration, compassion and understanding of themselves and others.

The dojo is a place where you can leave your worries and frustrations at the door. You can clear your head and enjoy a positive learning experience. In the dojo, classes are active and focus on a variety of methods of improvement, from exercise to practical application of technique. Instructors and peers help you and learn alongside you. There is a camaraderie in the class as everyone works to further their training together. This constructive and supportive atmosphere creates a unique community in the dojo. At the end of class, frustrations and stress are often eased and a sense of accomplishment is gained. After a karate class, students leave feeling recharged and ready to face the next day.


Stephanie Rodenhiser is a 4th Degree Black Belt at Buzz Durkin’s Karate School, having trained since she was eight years old. She teaches students of all ages and especially enjoys teaching kids and adults who work hard and develop great outlooks on life.