Thursday, January 21, 2016

Etiquette and Protocol in Chayon-Ryu


Etiquette of the Dojang in Chayon-Ryu

Chayon-Ryu is a traditional Martial Art System. Unlike other systems that focus on sport competition, Chayon-Ryu strives to preserve traditions.

Dojang Traditions: Bowing

Bowing in Asian cultures is a form of greeting just like shaking hands in Western cultures. In the Dojang bowing is also a form of showing respect to senior students and instructors. Beginner students should practice it until it becomes an unconscious habit.

Standing bow

The most common form of bowing in the Dojang is the standing bow.
The standing bow is performed from attention stance (Charyot).
Body is inclined 45 degrees at the hips.
Eyes look forward.
Hands are placed at the sides of the body.
The standing bow is performed about six feet away from the person you are bowing to.

Sitting Bow

Another form of bowing is the sitting bow. Traditionally, this bow is used to show utmost respect to the other person.
The sitting bow is performed from a kneeling position, coming to your knees at attention stance; the hands are placed on the mat in front of the knees. The forehead touches slightly to the mat, keeping this position for a few seconds.
The standing bow is always done in class, while the sitting bow is more formal and is only performed on special occasions.

Lower ranked students initiate the bow, while higher ranked students and instructors will release the bow. In case of a very senior ranking master, or Grandmaster Kim Soo, you should always hold the bow position a little longer than the person to whom you are bowing.  In all instances, you should show sincerity. Bow properly. Don’t walk and bow, or simply nod your head, as this is considered rude.

Students should always give their undivided
attention to instructors and masters.
When listening to the instructor who is addressing class, students should be at attention. Sometimes a more relaxed parade stance is acceptable, with arms crossed behind and feet shoulder width apart; the command to relax is “Shio.”  

Sometimes students will be seated during speeches but only after they are directed to do so. Always the students should give undivided attention to instructors or masters when they are addressing the class.

Chayon-Ryu students are expected to show proper etiquette in the Dojang and it should always be reinforced by the instructors.