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The intrinsic meaning of the areas
on Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple grounds

Below you will find brief descriptions of the intrinsic meanings of the major areas on the grounds of
Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple. Students will benefit from considering them deeply and making them their own.

Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple Entrance


On the exterior of Do No Kai Temple's entrance, you will find a collection of large red poles designed for the performance of the Golden Falcon Form. Next, there is a large entrance bell in its own roofed housing, and then the striking pagoda entrance itself. On the facade of the entrance are the logos representing Bushikan Ju Jitsu and Kobujitsu, and Wing Chun Kung Fu. On the entry doorway is Do No Kai's logo, a symbol for long life. And at the top of the doorway, there is a plaque with the Kanji for "Do No Kai," meaning "School of a Way."

Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple Inner Entry


This roofed area just inside the Pagoda entrance is a protected storage space. It serves as a practical reminder to leave your day-to-day cares, distractions and tasks behind when you enter the Temple. They will be waiting for you when you return.

Japanese Lantern at Martial Arts Temple


On the path to the dojo, the first object you will see is this graceful Japanese lantern, a universal symbol of light and wisdom.

Martial Arts Temple Bamboo Bridge


Moving down the path to the red bridge, the student can consciously recognize it as a bridge between the outer and inner worlds, which are represented by life outside and inside Do No Kai Temple. Crossing the bridge then then becomes a choice.

Simo's Bench on Martial Arts Temple Grounds


This is a resting place for reconnection with your still, small inner voice and the unknowable yet palpable One. The thick red ropes that mark the south borders of Do No Kai Temple's grounds are a nod to the ancient Oriental tradition of roping off sacred sites and spaces.

Yin-Yang Rock Garden on Martial Arts Temple Grounds


The path continues in a winding curve down the center of the yin/yang rock garden. The Yang section is light with a dark core, and the Yin is dark with a light core. The two sections represent the iconic opposites that comprise our experience of the world of form: dark/light, cold/hot, soft/hard, and so on. Together, they create an ever-changing, dynamic whole. Learning to move with balance between the Yin and the Yang is the goal of every martial artist.

Shihan's Bench at Martial Arts Temple


A spot intended for active internal inquiry, observation, and engaging the creative imagination.

Statue of Hotai at Do No Kai Temple


The statue of Hotai at the southwest corner of the dojo is the physical representation of one of Do No Kai’s major guiding spirits. Hotai, “the laughing patron saint,” is a folkloric Chinese deity who remains happy, no matter what happens around him.

Dojo at Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple

Do No Kai DOJO:

When you come upon the front of Do No Kai Temple’s dojo, you will notice enormous stairs and a huge, rock foundation. These echo the inner reality that your dojo is built on a sturdy base with a foundation created over many millennia. Climbing the tall steps is a conscious effort that prepares you for your martial journey within. The dojo porch is ample and beautiful, with a seating area that encourages students to take in the incredible vistas of the power center that is all around them.

DNK Dojo Joseki - Place of Honor

Do No Kai Temple Dojo Joseki - Place of Honor

The first thing you see when you enter the dojo is the Joseki, the area where you pay respect to those who have preceded you and your martial arts. After generations of students have been bowing to the Do No Kai Joseki, it has absorbed an incredible power that is unmistakable. Do No Kai Temple's symbol, which forms the circular background of the dojo Joseki, means long life and good health.



Interior entry of DNK dojo

South Wall & Interior Entrance of Dojo

Painted on the inside of the dojo entrance is the same symbol we have on our Joseki, signifying that your martial art is always working toward better health and a better life, physically, mentally and spiritually.



Japanese weapons wall in dojo

Japanese Weapons Wall & Joseki

There are 11 Japanese and Okinawan weapons on the Japanese weapons wall. The spiritual concept of Kobujitsu (the art of weaponry) is to become one with the weapon. If you can do that, think how much easier it will be to become one with another human being.


Chinese Weapons Wall

Chinese Weapons Wall

On the Chinese weapons wall, there are 8 different weapons. Although the spiritual concept is the same as the Japanese and Okinawan weapons, the first rule of Chinese weaponry is to always try not to use the weapon. In other words, seek a peaceful, open-handed, and open-hearted solution first.

Tatami Workout Area in Dojo

The Tatami mat area in Do No Kai's dojo goes back to the Japanese philosophy that a baby first learns how to crawl, then a child learns how to walk and a young adult learns how to run, while an adult learns how to fall. Because we live on a planet that has gravity and it is only a matter of time before a human will fall, the mature martial artist prepares for the inevitable. This replicates your martial arts practice on the spiritual level.

Mook Jong in DNK Dojo

Interior Mook Jong in Do No Kai Dojo

The Wing Chun Mook Jong area inside the dojo has a photograph of the Grand Master, Yip Man, above the wooden dummy. The Mook Jong provides the Wing Chun student an opportunity to practice when there is no partner available. After all, superior martial artists learn to conquer themselves first.

Dojo Photo Wall

Wall of Honor & Ancestors in Do No Kai Temple Dojo

Our photographic Wall of Honor & Ancestors inside the Do No Kai dojo includes pictures of such dignitaries as: Shihan Lonny Riddle, Sensei Okasaki, Ernie Gill Hanshi, Robert L. Willingham Shihan, George Brock Hanshi,
Sifu Jerry Gardner, Sifu Joseph Cowell,
Soke Michael J. Heenan, and Hanshi George Vance.
Also preserved behind glass on this wall is the belt of Robert L. Willingham.


Do No Kai Temple Teahouse


Do No Kai’s tea house, at the top of the path next to the dojo, is the spiritual core of Do No Kai Temple. It is available only to Yudansha of Do No Kai.

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Kyudo practice at DNK


The space between the tea house and the back of the dojo is a dedicated area for the practice of Iaido and Kyudo, the ancient Japanese art of archery. Kyudo savants practice complete detachment from
outcomes in their archery.

Tori Gate


On the southeast side of the dojo, you will find a bamboo-and-wood Tori gate. This gate offers students the opportunity to move into or out of the formal dojo area in a conscious manner.

Shihan Riddle's House


The home of Do No Kai’s founder and leader, Shihan Riddle, is on the east side of the dojo, down the atoquin footpath just after the Tori gate. Shihan's vision is supported by a visionary group of elders, all warriors, teachers, and sages, all on the other side of the veil.

Yin-Yang Temple at Do No Kai


Passing through the garden arches, you will come upon a small, two-tiered building next to the stairs leading to Do No Kai’s retreats house. The bottom level of the Yin/Yang Temple is Yin and contains various esoteric practice areas and objects. The top level is Yang and is intended as an area for meditation. It also contains yang Chi Kung practice aids.

Do No Kai Martial Arts Retreats House


Guest visitors for seminars and retreats may stay at this two-bedroom retreats house, situated high up on the mountain.

Low Plum Blossom Poles


This practice area is in the same configuration as the Plum Blossom Poles on the exterior of Do No Kai’s entrance. The difference is that they are quite a bit shorter. The goal of mastering the Plum Blossom Poles is to gain the competence to move through life with balance, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Pa Qua Circle at Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple


Just after the Yin/Yang temple is Do No Kai’s Pa Qua Circle. This is an essential workout area created for the study of the I-Ching and the “walking the circle” practice of Pa Qua. The Circle represents a perfect opportunity to explore both sitting and moving meditation.

Do No Kai Temple Bench


Another resting spot is installed between the Pa Qua Circle and the Temple Workshop. This ornate bench was made by Shihan Riddle in the year 2013.

Pa Qua Octagon


Between the bench and the workshop is the I-Ching Octagon. This area offers an appealing outdoor space for various internal arts practices, including the Pa Qua Bowls form and the Tai Chi Ruler form. These are energy-building exercises designed to create physical flexibility in the spine and open the practitioner's energy meridians.

Shihan Riddle in Do No Kai Workshop


Our workshop is located on the east edge of the I-Ching Octagon. Inside this two-room edifice, Shihan Riddle creates specialty martial arts weapons and tools.

Do No Kai Temple Outdoor Mook Jongs


Past the workshop is a large area with standing mook jongs that surround a central mook jong, where the teacher may demonstrate to a group. The mook jong, or "wooden dummy," allows you to practice your Wing Chun Kung Fu when you have no workout partner.

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