When entering or leaving the dojo or when meeting someone of higher rank, whenever you address the Sensei, you must always bow. This is part of dojo etiquette.
1. Stand at attention, heels together and toes out at 45 degrees (Musubi Dachi), hands at sides.
2. Hands will slide down the sides of thighs, palms flat (guy in picture is holding a weapon).
2. Keeping the back straight, bow at the waist (slide hands).
3. Do not look into the eyes of anyone. Look at the floor.
4. Make the respectful sound, "Oooossss" (the shortened version of Osu).
When beginning practice:
1. Upon the command, "Jumbi ga dekiru" drop what you are doing and rush to form lines.
2. Stand at attention, in Musubi Dachi hands at sides.
3. Upon the command, "Yasame", bring the left foot out front on a 45 degree extension (approx 1 ft).
4. Upon the command, "Kayudske," bring the left foot back to Musubi Dachi (back into attention).
5. Upon the command, "Shomen ni.... Rei" turn toward the Shomen (pictures) and do the bow with Ooosss.
6. Upon the command, "Sensei ni.......Rei" turn toward the Sensei and bow with Oooosssss.
7. If at any time, the command, "Soe" is given (short for Makeh Soe (pray)), bow your head while in Musubi Dachi.
When beginning a kata:
1. Stand in Musubi Dachi, hands at sides.
3. Kayudske, slap sides with palms.
4. Rei. (For a few kata, announce the kata now and then open).
5. For most kata, open (Yoi) by placing the hands together, left palm up in front of chest with right fist in left palm. Then, turn the hands over as if the hands have a bolt running through the fist and palm (don't separate them) until the hands are pointed down.
6. Separate the feet and the hands together by
a. stepping out sideways into a shoulder width stance
b. making the open hands into fists, palm down over the thighs
7. Announce kata.
8. Begin kata from the open legged stance.
1. Rei - bow
2. Tachi..rei - bow to opponent
3. Sensi ni.....rei - bow to Sensei
4. Sho...rei - bow to Referee (Sinban)
5. Shomen ni.....rei - bow to Shomen
6. Musuba Dachi - feet together at heels with toes out 15-20 degrees on each side