There is bowing of some form in nearly every martial art style and system.

The act of bowing encapsulates profound respect, humility, and the essence of tradition. Rooted in the rich cultural heritage of Korea, bowing serves as a poignant gesture that honours not only one’s instructor but also the timeless wisdom passed down through generations.

It symbolises a deep reverence for the art, fostering an environment of mutual respect and camaraderie among practitioners. Through the graceful arc of a bow, practitioners acknowledge the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, embracing the ethos of discipline and self-awareness that defines Han guk Mu sool.

Bowing in Han Guk Mu Sool

At the start/end of classes/events, we complete the following bows.

We also bow at other times during classes, including to partners and at the start/end of traditional forms/kata.

All bows are silent and from a standing position, creating a right angle at the waist if able to. The belt knot should be held with both hands and thumbs tucked in behind. Arms are by the side if no belt is worn.

  1. Bow to Chief Master (when present), followed by a bow to all Black Belt ranks in order.
  2. Bow to start/end class/event facing flag.
  3. Thank you in Korean (end only) “Gam sa ham nida”