Not my words - I'm picking up on cklin's posting elsewhere...
The cerebral me is fascinated with the seemingly irreconcilable dichotomy of reigi and the act of bashing someone's head in (that's another thread). <cklin>
What intrigues me is this - does this seem confusing to others, or do you find it natural? I ask because to me it seems very "right" to be bowing to someone that I am about to "fight" (I am still a novice though, so not much fighting as such). They might be about to kick my ass, or maybe (one day) I might kick theirs - but surely we both have something to learn from the encounter. This is actually one of the things I most love about Kendo - the feeling that those of greater experience and skill still look to junior kendoka to learn things from, as well as kendoka of greater skill.
I asked our Sensei (6th dan), who he learnt from mostly nowadays. Looking around his students, his answer was "You".