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Proper Bowing

Recently, I watched a Karate DVD. The sensei featured is a 10th dan (or so). In the beginning of the DVD, the sensei introduced his three assistants.

The first student was the most senior. He bowed to his sensei, who returned the bow. The student waited for his sensei to rise before rising himself.

The second student was next in seniority. He too bowed to his sensei, who returned the bow. The second student also waited for his sensei to rise before rising himself.

The third student was the junior. He bowed to his sensei, who returned the bow. However, the third student rose before his sensei. The student was probably nervous, but he had shown poor etiquette.

The junior should bow first and rise last. It is not difficult to do if the student is mindful.

See: Bowing - Don't Slap.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin