[dropcap]S[/dropcap]eiza is the beginning, facing the shomen. In relationship to the Place of the Way (dojo), facing the calligraphy on the Shomen.
One bow – Gratitude for yourself, for your commitment to the excellence of your life.
Two claps – invoking your world (lit. heaven and earth), calling your life into your training so it can be purified.
One bow – Gratitude for those who have gone before; e.g. for your teacher, and their teacher, for your parents, for the people that make the food that you eat, the water that you drink.
Sensei turns to face the student, and the sensei acknowledges his identification with the dojo, with the Art of Peace, with the Shomen, by bowing to the students and calling out, “onegaishimasu!”.
The students should reply, “Onegaishimasu, sensei!”