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Old 05-27-2004, 12:08 AM   #6
Tadhg Bird
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Dojo: New School Aikido, Stockton, CA
Location: Casper, WY
Join Date: Sep 2002
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Re: Practice without tradition

I would feel wrong not bowing to my partner. Even when casually practicing before and after class, I still bow.

When I teach younger folk, one of the emphasis on bowing etiquette is actually safety. As nage, by bowing, you are saying, "I'm ready to do my technique". If uke were to attack before nage was ready, someone could get hurt.

"Words and letters can never adequately describe Aikido -- its meaning is revealed only to those who are enlightened through hard training." -- Ueshiba Morihei O Sensei
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