We recently started practicing kendo at a dojo (judo/tae kwon do) with a raised mat/wooden floor area. I bow when I enter the dojo, but should I also bow every time I step on and off the raised floor/mat area?
First of all, I am so sorry that I did not reply for a long time. Usually the system tells me when there is a question but I did not receive anything form the system.
And congratulations on your new dōjō
You know, it is very hard to tell because I cannot see exactly how it looks like. I assume that you just remove some mats so you can practice kendō
. Is that the situation?
If so, you are already in the dōjō
, as far as I'm concerned. So when you step into the dōjō
area, you should bow.
Imagine you are training at a gym. You train in the centre of the gym, right? But you do consider the whole space as the dōjō
. So when you step into that space, you bow. When you step out, you bow.
This is what I think so some people may see it differently.
Hope this helps.