Formal Bowing

A White Belt 1st stripe skill

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Bowing Techniques
(Rei Waza)

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Formal Bowing (Shiki Rei)

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Formal bowing is performed at the beginning and end of each class session
Attention_Position Standing_Bow Attention_Position
(Fig. 1)                                  (Fig. 2)                                  (Fig. 3)

NOTE: An * indicates commands or directions given by the instructor.

*KYOSUKE (Attention)
Stand at attention (Fig. 1) — feet together — back straight — eyes looking straight ahead — arms straight down at your sides — fists clenched, palms toward your thighs. [See – How to clench the fist.]

*REI (Bow)
Breifly, bend forward from the waist (Fig. 2) — eyes looking straight ahead — forearms parallel to the ground — fists clenched, palms toward each other

— then —

return to the attention position (Fig. 3) — back straight — eyes looking straight ahead — arms straight down at your sides — fists clenched, palms toward your thighs

Go to kneeling  Formal sitting
(Fig. 4)                                                  (Fig. 5)             

*ZAREI (Kneeling Bow)
Kneel down on your LEFT knee (Fig. 4) — back straight — eyes looking straight ahead — arms straight down at your sides — fists clenched, palms toward each other.

NOTE: Shimobe Barr is kneeling on his right knee and pointing toward the students left side
to make it easier for youngsters who have difficulty with left and right directions.

— then —

kneel down on your RIGHT knee, place the toes of your RIGHT foot into the arch of your LEFT foot (Fig. 5) and sit down between your heals.

Formal sitting Formal Bowing Formal sitting
(Fig. 6)                                  (Fig. 7)                                  (Fig.8)

Sitting in the formal sitting position (Fig. 6) — keep your back straight — eyes looking straight ahead — fists clenched on your thighs, palms toward each other — knees spread approximately 6 inches to 8 inches or as required for comfort.

*REI (Bow)
Place your fists on the ground directly in front of your knees (Fig. 7), knuckles down, palms toward each other — briefly, bend forward from the waist to touch your forehead to the ground

— then —

return to the formal sitting position (Fig.8) — back straight — eyes looking straight ahead — fists clenched on your thighs, palms toward each other

Attention_Position Standing_Bow Attention_Position
(Fig. 9)                                  (Fig. 10)                                  (Fig. 11)

*RITSUREI (Standing Bow)
Return to the attention position, coming up on the RIGHT foot first (Fig. 9) — back straight — eyes looking straight ahead — arms straight down at your sides — fists clenched, palms toward your thighs

*REI (Bow)
Briefly, bend forward from the waist (Fig. 10) — eyes looking straight ahead — forearms parallel to the ground — fists clenched, palms toward each other

— then —

return to the attention position (Fig. 11) — back straight — eyes looking straight ahead — arms straight down at your sides — fists clinched, palms toward your thighs.