Originally posted by shihonage
Hugging instead of bowing would seriously freak me out.
That's just a bit too new-agey and too fake for me to absorb.
I feel the same way. Had my dojo required hugging, I most likely would not have come back for a second class. That's what you get when you don't come from a touchy feely family I guess. A regular old bow is more than ample for me.
On the subject of being welcomed etc., one also has to respect those who (like me) like to meet people at their own pace. I always do my best to smile and be friendly to new-comers, but I think that much more than that would seem overbearing. Some people (like me
) are freaked out by that.