I am an instructor in a Finnish judo club. At the end of each session, owari! is announced and the students line up. I understand that owari means over or end, but there are lots of Finnish judo clubs that use the word at the start of the session as well (as if it meant to stand in line).
Now, I have started to use hajimari! for this beginning line up. I have very little knowledge of Japanese, but I am aware there are also forms hajimaru and hajimeru. (I use hajime to start exercises, randori etc.)
So, the students know that when I say this, they gather in a line - but is this correct from a Japanese viewpoint?
Doing research on this is surprisingly difficult. I would like to know what are the differences between those forms, and which one of them would be the best counterpart for the owari.
Please, if you could be so kind and avoid using any kana or kanji in your answer.
First of all, I' like to thank all of you for the answers. I am going to be a bit vain and accept the answer that best suits me, that answer even grants me the choice.
I should have emphasized that much like owari, my intention on announcing hajimari is to tell students that it is time to put away phones, exercise balls etc. and gather in a line, tie their belts and wait in silence. Most of the answers said that hajimari is grammatically acceptable, so I'll take it - I don't care if it is not customary. I would like to think it means a greater beginning than just hajime which to me sounds more instantaneous start!
As I said, in some Finnish judo clubs some of the japanese words and terms are used just because they have always been used in this context, even without proper knowledge of the meaning of the words. This is why owari is sometimes used incorrectly as a command to stand in line. Some even say let's go stand in owari. Japanese is not so much spoken in class, rather some key terms are said in order to teach students the minimal vocabulary.
- Hajimari (this is my addition to my class)
- Mokuso (close your eyes, clear your mind)
- Mokuso yame
- Hajime (start randori, start yakusoku keiko)
- Mate (wait: get up and start again)
- Kootai (Koutai? switch partners)
- Yame (stop randori etc.)
- Owari (the end)
Obviously there are a lot more, but I included here the terms that control the flow of the exercises.