Maybe not every academy does this, but in our gym people bow when they get on and off the mat. It may seem silly to many, especially to beginners, but there really is a point and purpose behind the…
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Reigi is an essential component of Japanese martial arts. The rituals go beyond respect. They also serve as a self-reminder of how to compose and comport yourself in training and, as etiquette in general does, they serve as a social lubricant in potentially fraught situations.