In Jiu Jitsu students will often bow upon entering the mat.
Students will bow to one another as a greeting or a good bye.
Students may bow before and after sparring.
Practically speaking it’s a common sign of respect and humility.
Historically and at present bowing is considered to be a polite gesture in Japan.
During feudal times it is said that you would bow in front of an armed samurai to show trust because he could easily take a swipe with a sword.
How about you and your Jiu Jitsu academy. Do you bow?
What are your thoughts on bowing?