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Gen Dai Bu Jutsu
The making of Shomen...
by The MMA Team on October 29th, 2014


After my return from Okinawa in October 2013, I realised the the Dojo was missing something. Something important. I couldnt place my finger on it, but it truly feeled like the building was missing a 'soul'? The building has always been a social hub for people, but where was the centre?

Then it hit me.

Shomen..

We didnt have one. So I decided to change that almost immediately.

This area is where i decided Shomen would go, I only had three pictures of Chosin Chibana, Chojun Miyagi and Uechi Kanbon.

behind the wall was some dead wall space, that would need addressing to enable a suitable Shomen to be made and included. I would be cutting a square hole in this, so I had the middle wooden prop to consider...
Here is the area I want to cut out marked on the wall, ready for the jigsaw to kick into life
and here it is cut out showing off that lovely corrugated wall behind and that great middle pole....
one saw later and the middle prop is gone so I start to make a frame to hold the Shomen recess, using the piece I cut out as the back wall of the Shomen.

Once the frame started to take shape, I tried the fitting of the Tori inside the frame. The Tori is simply an old belt rack from Blitzsports that I took apart to resemble an original Tori gate.

with the recess taking shape nicely, I started the second phase of my Operation Shomen, which was to get some wooden panelling onto the wall to give it a more authentic feel.
The wooden cladding continues...

With a second external Tori added and some decorative features, along with some varnish, the finished item is pretty impressive!

With a second external Tori added and some decorative features, along with some varnish, the finished item is pretty impressive!

'GenDai BuJutsu' our Dojo name proudly displayed in traditional Okinawan Calligraphy!

I chose this statue of Buddha for two reasons.  It belonged to my dear late mother and also it shows that Buddha is a man and not a God and therefore I am not asking for any religious show of hands when we all bow towards Shomen, something I feel is very important,


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