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Old 12-20-2018, 10:07 AM   #1
Ewan Wilson
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Etiquette question.

If I am presenting Sensei with a gift on behalf of the class...is there a correct way of doing this?

I think: I get the gift from the back of the dojo, walk to the right hand side of the mat about half way between Sensei and the rest of the class at the back, sit in seiza, bow to Sensei (in a 45 degree angle to the front/Shomen), then stand, walk to Sensei, sit in seiza in front of him and present the gift in the usual way?

A few years ago I remember this procedure from my previous dojo but have not seen this done in my current dojo (same organisation though).

Or would you walk straight to Sensei, sit, bow, present, bow then return to the back?

Obviously in the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter but grateful for any feedback.

Thanks.
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Old 12-20-2018, 03:47 PM   #2
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Re: Etiquette question.

Is your sensei Japanese? Will he be seated in front of the class when you give the present? If yes to both, I'd do a seated bow -- whatever is appropriate to your organisation (we bow to sensei, not to the shomen). If he is standing, I'd do a standing bow.

When we give or receive things, formally, from sensei, we do so with both hands outstretched and in a slight bow.

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Old 12-21-2018, 09:01 AM   #3
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Re: Etiquette question.

Thanks for reply. No.

All I'm asking is do you first go to right side of mat and bow... then walk into centre and present the gift int eh correct way?
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Old 12-21-2018, 04:28 PM   #4
Walter Martindale
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Re: Etiquette question.

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Ewan Wilson wrote: View Post
Thanks for reply. No.

All I'm asking is do you first go to right side of mat and bow... then walk into centre and present the gift int eh correct way?
Have you considered asking the sensei what procedure would be preferred?
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