How to express thanks to the sensei, while still maintaining your kinesthetic knowledge that the sensei has just imparted to you at that moment? That is, how to bow to the teacher without losing your “in the zone” learning experience? Greetings everyone! Some of you maybe recall my name. It was about 3 years ago, I started studying the wonderful martial art of Aikido. The first two years I took Aikido with our local Parks and Recreation department. It was during this time that I would occasionally post questions on Aikido on MAP, and some of you very kindly informatively responded to me. Although the instructor of this Parks and Recreation Aikido class seemed to be a proficient Aikido teacher, because we only met one time per week, I don’t think that I progressed as much as I would have liked to. That particular teacher discontinued teaching for the Parks and Recreation Center exactly 1 year ago. I then immediately afterward joined another dojo in my area that is highly revered. This dojo actually holds classes every day of the week (different instructor for each class), which I make a point to attend at least a few classes a week. I realize now that I am progressing much more so in the last year by going to more than one class per week, as compared to what I previously did with the Parks and Recreation Aikido class (only one class per week). Therefore, I really only consider myself as studying Aikido for only one year’s time now, albeit, just for the last year. That being said, … Our head Sensei for our dojo that I now attend is a wonderful, cordial Japanese man, who teaches 3 classes per week, which I try to attend all of his classes. This man is obviously very skilled and fluid in Aikido. Sensei treats all of we students very cordially on, as well as off, the mat. We, likewise, treat him with kindness and respect, just as we should. Thus, I am very personable to sensei on, as well as off the mat, just as I should be. It is also reciprocated by my warm Sensei. As you are aware, if a Sensei helps you in class, you are then supposed to bow to, or somehow thank, the Sensei immediately afterward. Sensei will often times come over to each of we students, as we are practicing with each other, and make helpful corrections to our technique. Or, he may from time to time, if we do not have a partner, lightly grab us to work with us one-on-one, for us to do the technique to him. Afterward, he either gives great feedback to us, or demonstrates further, or gives us some kind of wonderful advice. It is at that moment that I am then absorbing the wonderful advice or feedback that Sensei has just given to me. Thus, I am “in the zone”, taking in, or digesting what he has just shared with me at that moment. However, if I, instead, think inside my head that I am to "Thank Sensei.”, I then need to step out of my learning experience (which unfortunately has not yet completed itself yet), and thank Sensei. Sensei, likewise, warmly bows back to me as well. As he is walking away I try to get back into that wonderful learning experience he had just parted to me moments before, and I realize that I have lost it. I can’t get back into what I was feeling moments before I had decided to step out of the experience and thank or bow to Sensei. Thus, if it was otherwise deemed OK, in regard to when Sensei works with me one-on-one, and I am then absorbing what he has said or done to me, I would have preferred that immediately afterward not to speak or bow to him, but to instead, just be quiet and stay with my new, learning experience, and continue to absorb it for the next minute or so before I then finally allowed myself to become social. Otherwise, to say it again, immediately after Sensei has helped me, by me following the protocol of immediately thanking Sensei afterward, I then step out of my “quiet zone” to, instead, cerebrally express to him thank you, to then find that I have unfortunately drifted away from my otherwise helpful kinesthetic learning experience that I was previously absorbing. Does anyone have any suggestions to me? Thank you very much, everyone. Take good care, Greetings!