What is: dojo?

  In Japanese, dojo means, “place of the way”. It is traditionally concidered to be the place for two activities: as a training ground for learning specific techniques of an art (martial, meditation, flower arranging, music, etc) and as an arena for individual self realization and growth.

This last because it is understood that a person has to “be right” internally to be able to apply techniques outwardly in a masterful way. Although, in a traditional dojo, technique is considered very important and even at times concidered the actual teacher, it is also understood that true mastery only takes place in transcending the rote application of techniques.

Given this, let me offer,
“A dojo is a place for training in techniques of an art. In its advanced form it is a place to train in transforming those techniques into the masterful application of power.  At its best it is a meeting ground for the practice and embodiment of transformational arts. By its very nature, it is always respectful of place, people, and tradition”. 

What is: Warrior of the Heart?

We are using the term Warrior in what may at first seem an unusual way. Our definition of a warrior has nothing to do with fighting, though active involvement may be part of it.  Nor does it involve any kind of aggression though strong actions may be required. It does refer to someone willing to learn to take skillful dynamic actions in the service of others. We admire the traditional values of warriorship, such as; sincerity, honesty, courage, personal responsibility, and loyalty. When we use the term “Heart” we are referring to compassion and empathy, but also to heart as: 1) the prime mover of vitality in an organism or an organization 2) the center or essence of a thing or idea as in, “The heart of the matter is...” 3) strength and personal commitment as in, “She has the heart to carry through.” 4) letting intuition informing our actions as in, “My heart says I should help.” As you can see, the term heart has many possible meanings, but all taken together indicates actions of strength and integrity based in caring for others.  

So let me offer this,
“A Warrior of the Heart is a person who courageously steps up in skillful service to those in need, and is active in perfecting powerful, compassionate, and life enhancing actions in the world.”

What is: Warrior of the Heart Dojo?

Lets step beyond the idea that a dojo needs to be a physical place, and consider that our Warrior of the Heart Dojo first and foremost resides in our hearts and that training can happen wherever Warriors of the Heart meet to practice. Dojo practices are meant to joyfully birth more compassionate warriorship from within each of us.

We could simply say,
“The Warrior of the Heart Dojo is a practice ground for the training, embodiment, and skillful use of the powerful and transformational art of Fearless and Wise Leadership”. 

- Bob Wing 


 The dojo within the dojo

The Warrior of the Heart dojo trains in practices that develop and build abilities for skilful actions and wise decisions. Our goal is a reliable ability to work effectively in difficult situations and the building of personal and team capacity, through dynamic learning experiences.

There are many different forms of warriorship present in our world today. We are most interested in what we call true warriorship, one which produces well-being and health rather than producing discord, suffering and cynicism. It is our hope that what follows here will inform and support practices of true warriorship, that is to say warriorship of the heart.
Our invitation to you is to join us in stepping forward into the next phase of who you are, to say yes to compassionate warriorship, and to saying no to whatever is destructive in ourselves and in the world. This is the kind of compassionate warriorship, which enables us to achieve a purposeful life at work and in our homes, with our colleagues and perhaps even with those who seem to oppose us.
The ideas presented here are a result of many years of experience working with many people in many different situations; martial arts, business, seminars and mediation. The practices we use have arisen from our sincere interactions with many wise and experienced people. We have both had the good fortune in our lives to have been students of many fine and accomplished teachers; building our knowledge and skills with sincere practice.
We both know that we have been the recipients of great kindness and generosity in our lives and feel great gratitude to those who have gone before, and a great responsibility to pass it on to others. We believe that there are some essential principles in life and in compassionate warriorship that are at the root of all great successful endeavours. These are what we wish to explore and practise here and in our dojo.
It is our hope that good people study and skilfully implement compassionate warriorship in their work and their lives; and that the practice of kindness and heartfelt flowing actions become everyday events.
Kindly Bob Wing and Toke Moeller

Harvest poem by Wal from Warrior of the heart dojo in Croatia May 2012

Spoken to the question as the ending of the Ohio State Art of hosting training May 2008.....

What is warrior of the heart ?
* Compassionate courage and vulnerable trust
* Courage to show up and follow through
* Be revealing and at ease
”* The Call” requires a warrior to answer
* Extending love
* It takes practice
* Holding up the mirror – shining into dark places
* We all have power......let us show it
* Choose your vehicle wisely
* Intention always has a sharp edge
* Acceptance always has a sharp edge
* Sword is an extention of the handshake
* Connection is in the eyes

What is the art of hosting  and harvesting ?
* ”Negatives” like chaos and aggression are positive because they bring energy and open possibility for change
* We harvested the spirit of an OSU community in a safe place – and planted the seeds for further growth
* The art of hosting training recruits warriors of the heart. The practices are the swords we can use to impact the world.....
* The art of hosting training provides tools that evoke courage to moving ”it” forward
* The immedeate needs attention – the important needs intention

 When you step up, claim the mat as your own.
Everybody you encounter and everything that happens
 is there by your invitation
and your invitation alone,
even the unexpected ones.
Your job is to respond with grace and compassion.
You can't hide and you can't fake it;
we will all see.
Let the skills you have learned and
the wisdom of this art

flow through you
and all will be well.
—an Aikido master