DOJO ETIQUETTE

TRAINING SESSION OPENING CEREMONY

Shugo: Line up (phonetically ‘shho-go’)

Ki o tsuke: Stand to attention (phonetically ‘kee-ut-skay’)

Seiza: Kneel (phonetically ‘say-zah’)

Mokuso: Meditate (phonetically ‘mok-so’) 

Mokuso yame: Finish meditating

Shomen ni: Face the front of the dojo (phonetically ‘sho-men nee’)

Rei: Bow (phonetically ‘ray’)

Sensei ni: Face your teacher

Rei: Bow and say aloud Onegaishimasu meaning please teach me (phonetically ‘on-ee-guy-shim-ass’)

Shomen ni: Face the front of the dojo

Kiritsu: Stand up (phonetically ‘kee-ree-tsoo’)
 

TRAINING SESSION  CLOSING CEREMONY

Shugo: Line up 

Ki o tsuke: Stand to attention 

Seiza: Kneel 

Mokuso: Meditate 

Mokuso yame: Finish meditating 

​Otagai ni: Face your partner, bow and say aloud Arigato Gozaimashita

Rei: Bow

Shomen ni: Face the front of the dojo

Rei: Bow

Sensei ni: Face your teacher, bow and say aloud Arigato Gozaimashita meaning thank you

(phonetically ‘ary-gato goz-aye-mahsh-tah’)

Rei: Bow

Shomen ni: Face the front of the dojo

Kiritsu: Stand up and bow.

 

Leaving the dojo: At the end of a lesson, it is not necessary to wait and leave the dojo in order of rank. But if you do meet at the exit, it is just a matter of courtesy to allow the senior to go first.

Japanese Grammar: You will sometimes hear people say ‘arigato gozaimashito’ (with a ‘tah’ at the end) or ‘arigato gozaimasu’ (without the ‘tah’). It is just a case of thanking someone in the future or past tense. ‘Arigato gozaimashita’ is used at the end of the lesson to thank the Sensei for the lesson just given. ‘Arigato gozaimasu’ would be used at the start of the lesson to thank the Sensei for the lesson they are about to give.

DOJO COMMUNICATION

Arigato Gozaimashita: Thank you for teaching me

Kiai: Focusing shout

Hai: Yes 

Hajime: Begin

Onegaishimasu: Please teach me 

Osu: Yes / no / general

Shugo: Line up 

Wakari masu ka?: Do you understand?

Wakari masu: I understand

Wakari masen: I don't understand

Yame: Stop

Yoi: Ready