4. Mokuso yame. The students stop meditating and open their eyes.
The senior student (or a student chosen by sensei) will then give the commands:
b. Sensei ni rei. The students bow to sensei to show their respect to him/her and show that they are ready to listen and learn.
c. Otaga ni rei. The students and sensei bow to each other in a mutual display of respect and courtesy. Remember, in martial arts bowing is about showing respect not subservience.
At this point the students may say words such as onegaishimasu or osu (note that osu is a contraction of the word onegaishimasu). This basically means "please let me train with you." It's an entreaty often used in asking the other person to teach you, and that you are ready to accept the other person's teaching.
Sensei then gives the following commands:
6. Rei. The students perform a small standing bow to end the ceremony.
The whole ceremony is then repeated at the end of the lesson with the gesture Arigatou gazaimashita which means thank you.
Though each class begins and ends with reishiki it must be remembered that good manners, courtesy and respect must permeate throughout the class. This keeps the class civilised, controlled and safe at all times and keeps big egos in check.
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