Thread: Onegaishimasu
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Old 08-06-2004, 03:55 PM   #12
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Re: Onegaishimasu

I always understood it to mean "I ask of you a favor" or something in that nature. The students say it to sensei at the beginning of class to ask the favor of teaching them. The sensei says it to the students at the beginning to ask the favor of their attention. The students say it to each other to ask the favor of training and taking ukemi for each other, basically the favor of the use of their bodies. Just my take on it... may not be correct

Mike Taylor
Chief Instructor, Rising Star Aikido
South Bend, Nebraska, USA
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