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Etiquette and Respect (Rei 礼)

REI (礼) One of the most important things in Martial Arts is the Bow as you need to show Respect, especially when you enter the Dojo or when you encounter others before you begin. Always Bow to your Sensei! The word “Rei” comes from the Japanese word ” Reigi”, which means “Respect, Courtesy, Manners.

Central to Karate philosophy is the concept of rei, which encompasses etiquette, respect, and courtesy. Practitioners are taught to bow to their instructors, training partners, and the dojo (training hall) itself as a sign of respect.

Rei extends beyond the physical act of bowing and is manifested in one’s behaviour, demonstrating humility, gratitude, and consideration towards others.