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D O J O E T I Q U E T T E
ARIGATO GOZAIMASHITA: Japanese for politely saying "thank you." At the end of each class, it is proper to bow and thank the instructor and those with whom you've trained
DOMO ARIGATO GOZAIMASHITA: Japanese for "thank you very much." At the end of each class, it is proper to bowand thank the instructor and those with whom you've trained.
ONEGAI SHIMASU: "I make a request" or "I ask of You..." This is said while bowing to one's partner or to the instructor at the beginning of training.
KI-O-TSUKE: "Attention". Musubi Dachi with open hands down both sides.
SEIZA: A proper sitting position. Sitting on one's knees. It is used for the formal opening and closing of the class.
MOKUSO: Meditation. Practice often begins or ends with a brief period of meditation.
SHOMEN: Front or top of head. Also the designated front of a Dojo.
REI: "Respect or Bow". A method of showing respect in Japanese culture is the Bow.
ZA-REI: The traditional Japanese bow from the kneeling position.
OTAGAI-NI-REI: Bow to each other.
SENSEI-NI-REI: Bow to the teacher.
SHOMEN-NI-REI: Bow to the front of the dojo.