Rei Ni Hajimari, Rei Ni Owaru

What is Rei ni hajimari, rei ni owaru?

Judo evolved from Japan’s ancient martial arts, and its fundamental spirit is expressed by the phrase, “Rei ni hajimari, rei ni owaru” (Beginning and ending with a bow of respect). Judo contestants bow when entering the dojo for practice or a contest, and then bow again when leaving the dojo.

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