On Martial Arts Etiquette

Bow with gratitude and sincerity.
Bowing to others is not about a sign of submission but about recognizing “the spark” in another fellow human being.
Practicing etiquette teaches us to be mindful – from making sure we are lining up straight to bowing correctly and at the appropriate times (even when tired). It is all designed to teach us to pay attention – to keep that “bright mind”.
Once ritual becomes habit it is useless. The point is to practice it mindfully.
Seniors set the example for juniors. Juniors will watch what seniors do and follow suit. The senior student has a responsibility to set a good example.

Vincent Busuttil


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