Always interested, or rather being a bit nosey, to see where different clubs train. No real idea why, I just find it interesting to see the environment we all use as our dojos.
My club has three sessions weekely:
Wednesday: Downstairs in a local public hall. Small room that an fit about 15 peeps at most. Floor seems to be sprung with some kind of linoleum covering. A bit stuffy but in the summer it turns into a bit of sweat house with not much in the way of ventalation. I like it, our clubs trained there for 30 years, and it reminds me of all the old school dojo's in UK where a club has used local halls etc and not the sports centre.
Thursday: We have one court in a 4 court sports hall at a newly built local sports centre. Concrete floor & set out like a badmington court as you would expect. It's unusual in that the court to our right a different local Karate club of the same style trains at the same time. On the other side a local gymnastics club uses two courts, and as you would expect they do their routines along to music .... blared out through the hall speakers. I hate seeing Amercian Karate with their freestyle Kata to music so the irony is not lost when I find myself doing bassi dai to the latest download chart No1. Addtionally the class next door insist throughout the hour of training to Kai on every technique in their Kihon, not just after 5, and since they do a lot of Kihon they generate a lot of noise, which we don't really. They drill towards and away from us, where we drill perpendicular to them, so their noise comes straight to us. It has been challenging to deal with as it's difficult to communicate in such an environment sometimes. However I like it. It struck me one day training in this environment it was maybe an opportunity rather than a pain to be able to train with constent distractions. I would expect it's not for everyone.
Sunday: A different sports centre. Concrete floor again. We are at the far end of a 8 court hall, split into 4 & 4. Generally there's people playing 5-aside on one side and us and a couple of groups playing badmington. This is the most calm enviornment however it is amusing to hear the football players screaming and swearing in amongst our sparring etc.
I think what all of the above has taught me is that no matter how much distraction (noise, screaming, swearing, claustrophobic atmosphere) you have when sparring or doing kata it's very easy to block out all environmental noise and activity and focus on one point, one objective. From a one on one point of view this is great, however in an environment where you are being attacked it's very easy to get tunnel vision on the person standing in front of you, and you never see the person who knocks you out.
So, now I have the award for the most boring post on here, I'd be interested in learning about your training environment.