Re: Practice without tradition
tradition is fine, there should not be much fuss about it... i mean you say hello when you get home to your family and give some kisses. so it is just natural that you bow entering a dojo, bowing your partner. you can have a "style of bowing" though, as long as you show respect. often i arrive early and alone to the dojo and still bow entering and bow to sensei's picture...it just feels good to "say hi" to the place.. it's like when you sit in your favorite armchair: you have a slight moment of welcoming the comfort before you open a bok or switch on the tv...