Thread: Onegaishimasu
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:13 PM   #85
Dojo: Aikikai
Location: Northern Colorado
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 5
Re: Onegaishimasu

FWIW, Taka and Reynosa Senseis explained it as

"Thank you for what you are about to show me," and
"Thank you for what you have shown me" (respectively.)

Yes, you're asking a favor, asking the other person to potentially have his/her body abused for the sake of your learning.

Perhaps as important is the simple spirit beneath it all, a spirit that you'll learn through practice in the dojo, if it's there to be gained. That is appreciation for both the senior and equal/junior members of the dojo, for that they're making the opportunity to learn and grow available to you.

Arigato Gozaimashita,

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