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Old 11-29-2003, 02:17 AM   #25
Michael Karmon
Dojo: Aikido Jerusalem
Location: Jerusalem Israel
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 56
Ian Hurst (happysod) wrote:
Mallory, "You have to put your self in the shoes of the japanese; to them, bowing is the equivilent of a hand shake" - not quite true, social/business status etc. can all be conferred by depth of bow. If it really is just a handshake, there wouldn't have been a major discussion over how low lift operators should bow to their "guests.
Ian, handshakes are also a way of showing ones mutual status. Aggreed, it is not as introcat and sofisticated as the Japaneses bowing system but questions like who offers who the hand shake, one or two hands shake, angle of hands, power or shake and the extention are all part of the 'pecking order'

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