Welcome Letter

Tips

Your Body
Attire
Observation
Gravity and Grounding
Speed, Timing, Breathing
Extension
Congruity and Training
Uke-Nage Relationship
Cycles
Commitment
The Dojo
Our Relationship
Other Instructors,
Students, and Arts
Deciding to Leave
Expectations

Reference

Dojo Etiquette
Fundamentals
Helpful Phrases
Aikido Ranks
Basic Counting
Glossary
Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Helpful Phrases

Ohayo gozaimasu (ohio go-zah-ee-mahs)
good morning. (used before 10:00 am.)
 
Konnichi wa (cone-knee-chee-wah)
hello; good day. (used after 10:00 am.)
 
Komban wa (comb-bahn wah)
good evening.
 
Oyasumi nasai (oh-yah-sue-me nah-sigh) good night; rest well. (used before bedtime.)
 
Sayonara (sigh-yoh-nah-rah)
goodbye.
 
Arigato gozaimasu (ah-ree-gah-toe go-zah-ee-mass)
thank you (used for something which has not yet been done).
 
Arigato gozaimashita (ah-ree-gah-toe go-zah-ee-mash-tah)
thank you (used for something which has been completed).
 
(Sensei,) domo arigato gozaimashita (sen-say doe-moe ah-ree-gah-toe go-zah-ee-mash-tah)
(Teacher,) thank you very much for what you have done. (spoken by students after aikido class and after being personally instructed.)
 
Onegai shimasu (oh-nih-guy she-mahss)
I make a request. (spoken when one wishes to practice with a fellow student or a teacher.
 
Gomen nasai (go-men nah-sigh)
I'm sorry; excuse me. (spoken after inadvertently touching someone.)
 
Do itashimashite (doe e-tah-she-mash-tay)
Don't mention it; you're welcome.
 
Ogenki desuka (oh-ghen-key des-kah)
how are you? are you in good spirits?
 
Okagesama de (oh-kah-ghe-sah-ma day)
fine, thank you. (a response to "ogenki desuka".)
 
Hajimemashite (ha-gee-may-mahsh-tay)
How do you do? (used when introduced to someone for the first time.)

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