Bowing and Uniforms in Martial Arts

Bowing and Uniforms in Martial Arts

Learning the arts such as taiji and or martial arts has many interesting facets. One of the most fascinating is the aspect of bowing.

  • What is bowing ?
  • What does it mean?
  • Why do we do it?
  • Is it a gesture which has been handed down through generations?

Before reading further, have a think about what it means to you.

Significance of Bowing in Tai Chi and Karate

Bowing at the door when entering the class is a sign of respect. Respect for the place of training, respect for the art, respect to yourself as a practitioner.

One must be able to bow to a teacher, and also bow to oneself. If you cannot bow to yourself it means you don’t have respect for yourself, therefore you can’t possibly respect any other person or thing.

Bowing is also a sign of humility. If you can’t bow to whomever your teacher is , then it means that you cannot humble yourself.

Humility is giving up of the ego. To empty oneself. To get rid of.

So when we bow in karate or taiji, we are physically at the lowest point to the ground, with our forehead (which is usually one of the highest points) right down to the ground. We place ourselves in the ‘low’ point. We are, through physical movements, teaching our egos to dissipate.

When we strike in karate, we should be striking our own egos. Our partner is our mirror, it becomes us. We also do mirror drills in taiji, and similar consciousness applies.

Uniforms in Tai Chi and Karate

How does a small gesture of wearing uniform affect us?

When we wear uniform we are expressing that we are all equal. No one person is better than each other. No one person is more or less equipped.

We train in the same place, in the same space, at the same time. We have left / emptied our baggage at the door, coming into a sacred training space. A space for everyone, young, old, fat, thin.

So the next time we enter the dojo with acknowledgment of bowing, with wearing your uniform, and being on time for class, think about what you are suggesting to yourself.

While on the subject of identification, discipline and co-operation , please read our “credo” too!

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You can purchase uniforms from Sifu, so please wear them to class! Contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468 for more info.

Learning the arts such as taiji and or martial arts has many interesting facets. One of the most fascinating is the aspect of bowing. What is bowing ? What does it mean? Why do we do it? Is it a gesture which has been handed down through generations? Before reading further, have a think about …

Credo for Mings Martial Arts Academy Johannesburg

Credo for Mings Martial Arts Academy Johannesburg

Mission

  • To teach all people wanting to learn about taiji and martial arts, its tradition, origin and culture.
  • To provide information on emerging medical related studies and the healing properties of taiji creating health, positivity and contentment in our community, regardless of race, religion, gender, and status.
  • To propagate taiji and martial arts in its history, tradition and culture.
  • To keep open minded and to create positive thought patterns in the journey of the tao.

Purpose

  • To provide a safe place where communities can be together, having the same or similar ideas and goals in the journey of the martial arts.
  • To continue exploring the traditional, versus the new and changing martial arts.
  • To acknowledge and practice the authentic spirit of martial arts.
  • To, through training, foster friendship, inner and outer patience, discipline and respect.
  • To uplift the community in healing, living, and being present in order to realise the precious moments in life, letting go of useless thoughts that interfere with our daily routine.
  • To be inwardly in touch thereby accessing ones natural chi for sustaining and healing , mentally, physically and spiritually.

Conduct Code

  • Dress appropriately in Ming’s uniform.
  • When entering or leaving class , or commencing a class please take note of the gesture of acknowledgement of bowing and respect.
  • Use the appropriate term “sifu/sensei (karate)” when addressing the teacher.
  • Show respect for one another, and welcome new students by introducing yourself.
  • Being late for class is considered a lack of respect.
  • Advanced just means that the student has more insight into the art. Be humble.
  • Only certified instructors may teach the art so as to propagate authenticity.
  • Do not abuse your martial knowledge.
  • Payments to be made in advance. 3 months in advance allows for a discounted rate. However if payments are made late then it does not allow for the discounted rate.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

For more info on this credo and tai chi and karate in general, contact your Sifu Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468

DOWNLOAD this Credo in PDF form by clicking here.

Mission To teach all people wanting to learn about taiji and martial arts, its tradition, origin and culture. To provide information on emerging medical related studies and the healing properties of taiji creating health, positivity and contentment in our community, regardless of race, religion, gender, and status. To propagate taiji and martial arts in its …