do·​jo | \ ˈdō-(ˌ)jō How to pronounce dojo (audio) \
plural dojos

Definition of dojo

: a school for training in various arts of self-defense (such as judo or karate)

Examples of dojo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chozen takes Daniel to his dojo and tells him there are all sorts of secrets that Mr. Miyagi never taught him. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "Cobra Kai Recap: The Chozen One," 2 Jan. 2021 The only problem is, Kreese kicks the snot out of Armand’s goons and stays in his dojo. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "Cobra Kai Recap: Sensei My Name," 3 Jan. 2021 On top of that, his old sense John Kreese (Martin Kove) has high-jacked his dojo and Johnny's students have turned against him, blaming him for Miguel's injury as Johnny encouraged the teen to show his opponents mercy. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Cobra Kai': Zabka on Johnny 'shedding his skin' of the dojo, Kove on Kreese's origin story," 1 Jan. 2021 Dickerson earned a black belt in karate by 11 years old, the youngest in the history of his dojo. Mike Rodak |, al, "The stories behind the grit, smarts Landon Dickerson brings to Alabama," 17 Dec. 2020 The Cobra Kai dojo is now open and there are plenty of new and old faces signing up to learn from one of the best. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here Are the Real Ages of the Cast of "Cobra Kai"," 15 Sep. 2020 As adults, the roles have reversed, with Johnny reopening the old dojo to give a new group of outcasts self-confidence, while Daniel has become something of an arrogant success. Trevor Fraser,, "After ‘Cobra Kai’: 10 hit shows based on movies," 10 Sep. 2020 With that, the mood grows suddenly serious, and within a few minutes, the 15 grannies have transformed the hall into a frenetic dojo, directing punches and kicks at an improvised punching bag made from a sack stuffed with old clothing. Pauline Nyambura, The Christian Science Monitor, "Karate grannies: As assaults persist, Nairobi’s women fight back," 2 Sep. 2020 His dojo, Japanese Karate-Do in Symmes Township, opened in 1996 and still trains students now under the leadership of Rob Grossheim. Ian Mckenzie,, "Sonny Kim's legacy continues at Symmes Township dojo," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of dojo

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dojo

Japanese dōjō, from way, art + -jō ground

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2 Feb 2021

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“Dojo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dojo

: a school for teaching people karate, judo, etc.

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