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I am not used to all the bowing we do in the kwoon. Is it necessary to bow all the time to learn a martial art?

A mericans are used to the old fashioned hand shake. However, in China the hand shake is second to the bow. Bowing is nothing more than a sign of respect. Americans tend to think bowing has some kind spiritual significance attached to it.

I have had students say to me, "I can not bow to anyone, it is against my religion." This shows the misunderstanding attached to bows. It is nothing more then a sign of respect to whoever is standing in front of you.

If you're bowing to a picture of some past Master it is again a sign of respect for the deceased. Bowing is nothing more then common curiosity.

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