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Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.

In the IDW continuity, the Splinter Dōjō is a building in Mutant Town, Manhattan, which is named after the Turtles' late father, Splinter. It is a public dōjō run by the Splinter Clan, and is also home to the Turtles, Weasels, Pepperoni and Klunk, replacing the church's bunker as the Turtles' new lair. It is the first primary home of the Turtles in this continuity whose location is not hidden, but known and advertised to the general public.


The building that would become the Splinter Dōjō was already located next door to Alopex's shelter.[1] Before it was renovated into a dōjō, the abandoned building was severely dilapidated, with all its visible windows broken. The surrounding buildings were, for the most part, in no better shape, owing to the island-wide battle scars Manhattan's cityscape suffered during the EPFTriceraton war. The interior looked just as bad, with piles of debris, collapsed ceilings and walls, and dangling wires.

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The Dojo being burned to the ground by the Punk Frogs.

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104, during a trip to the O'Neil Farm, the newly-reunited Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Jennika discussed ideas for the future. Jenny told the others what Splinter had taught her back when she once asked him, "What is Ninja?", recalling how he told her that ninja originally organized as a grassroots defense among the poor and downtrodden to defend people without power. She suggested to the other Turtles that they could return to Mutant Town and help defend those who can't defend themselves. Leo went further with the idea, suggesting that instead of defending people, they could set up a dōjō to teach people basic self-defense and martial arts classes, as well as cultural studies like kadō, calligraphy, and then ongyō-jutsu and disguise for more advanced students. Later, at Splinter's grave near the farm, the five Turtles resolved to set up a new ninja clan that anyone could become a part of: The Splinter Clan. Nearby, the secretly eavesdropping Oroku Saki also approved of the idea.

Back in Mutant Town, the Turtles selected a ruined abandoned building and went to work fixing it up with the help of friends. The building also provided a new lair for the five grown Turtles and a new home for the young mutants Lita, Zink, Zanna and Mushroom to stay, as Lita had previously been homeless and the weasels had nowhere else to go after their father Old Hob had tried to sell them to Oroku Karai. When primary renovation of the building had completed, the five grown Turtles and Alopex officially established the Splinter Clan together as its six founding leaders, and opened the Splinter Dōjō to the community.

When the Punk Frogs became convinced that one of the Turtles kidnapped one of their own, Bonnie (as further evidenced by Clyde confusing Donatello's prosthetic carapace for the "weird shell" of the kidnapper), they invaded the dōjō, and the Frogs' molotov cocktail set the building on fire. It burned down almost completely, leaving the Splinter Clan to bunk up at Mona Lisa's apartment temporarily until they remembered that the church they had previously lived at was within Mutant Town's borders. TMNT #127 (IDW)


Preliminary floorplan sketch.

  • The Splinter Dōjō's floorplan was designed by head writer Sophie Campbell. She shared a preliminary sketch consulted during the writing phase, though the final configuration of the dōjō as it appears in-story is no longer strictly accurate to the sketch.[2]



    "Everyday Manhattan apartments are usually really small, so the dojo building could be either that, or I was thinking it was actually some type of business or office building before the Turtles claimed it, which would account for the common area, the large open areas downstairs, and the communal kitchen. The kitchen would be adjacent to the common area on the third floor. The kids' room would be in one of the second floor spaces next to the rest of the group (minus Raph). Alopex doesn't have a room (yet) because I figured she stays at the shelter, which is meant to be right next door. I didn't do any fire code research but there are definitely fire escapes!"
    "Here it is! It's not quite accurate to what's been drawn since I did this floorplan, but you get the idea."