Shomen is the front of the dojo, a place where images, symbols or objects of value and respect are placed. ‘Shomen’ can be loosely translated as ‘journeying in the proper direction’. A Shomen wall is always located on a wall where there are no doors. This can perhaps symbolize a solid foundation.
The Shomen Wall in our dojo is a focal point where we direct our respect at the beginning and end of class to acknowledge the art of karate, its history, and the contributions made by masters of karate and judo.