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)

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One scene in the sob-inducing show featured Jack and Randall at a dojo, where the instructor had Jack do push-ups with his son on his back -- and refusing to stop. CNN, "Here's to some of our favorite TV dads," 14 June 2019 The person Morales was accused of abusing, who is now an adult, was not a student at the dojo, the agency said. Michael Williams,, "Former martial arts teacher accused of child-sex abuse kills himself in Osceola jail, authorities say," 11 June 2019 But to the third-grader, the dojo was way more than a superhero’s secret lair. Jill Tucker,, "San Francisco superhero camp hits on altruistic themes," 4 July 2018 Colleen is the owner of a dojo and also a love interest for Iron Fist, a.k.a. Rebecca Farley,, "Marvel's Luke Cage Meets Iron Fist In This Exclusive Clip," 4 June 2018 The series finds Lawrence reopening the titular dojo to train a new generation of students, including Miguel Diaz, played by Xolo Maridueña. Michael Tedder,, "'Cobra Kai': Why Ralph Macchio revisited 'Karate Kid' character after 30 years," 25 Apr. 2018 In the series, Zabka's Johnny Lawrence re-opens the Cobra Kai dojo, where the motto is to strike first, strike hard and show no mercy. Joey Morona,, "'Karate Kid' sequel series 'Cobra Kai' to be shown in theaters for one night only," 22 Mar. 2018 Johnny stumbles into the idea of teaching karate, reviving the Cobra Kai dojo, as a way of getting his mojo back, and not incidentally helping out a nerdy kid, Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), who's subjected to his share of abuse at school. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Karate Kid' spinoff 'Cobra Kai' delivers a hit for YouTube Red," 2 May 2018 The show also gives Macchio and Zabka a pair of richly human roles, and a return to the dojo that neither could have foreseen. Drew Fortune, HWD, "Wax On: Ralph Macchio and William Zabka Return to the World of Karate Kid," 2 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dojo

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

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