Aikidoka learning Japanese
I've sat in on a few aikido classes at different dojos to 'test the water' before joining.
One thing I observed is that Japanese is spoken for counting, to say thank you, and for, I think, some basic 'commands'.
So I'm wondering, while language is obviously not mandatory for learning a martial art, do you think it would be helpful for a beginner to learn some basic Japanese (say thank you, and the numbers from 1 to 10) prior to joining a class? And if so, besides the terminology for aikido techniques, is there anything else in Japanese that would be helpful to learn?