This introduction is not intended to mean that we prohibit or deny our students the "Hi". But it should also show at the same time how important the greeting in martial arts alone is. From various hand gestures to ceremonial bows, you have certainly seen greetings that would be assigned to the exotic "Far Eastern martial arts". In fact, these greetings are an integral part of many martial arts, especially Asian martial arts.
The greeting is, above all, a sign of mutual respect. Greetings not only at the start of training, but also at every partner exercise and after completion of training. The progress of different students can be very different individually, but all students cannot manage the progress on their own. A student needs a teacher, mentor or master who shows and teaches them new knowledge. The student also needs a training partner with whom one can practice and deepen what they have learned. Both the master and the training partner are therefore an important part of a student's individual development. The greeting should not only symbolize gratitude for the support, but also consolidate the respectful dealings with one another.
However, this gesture is not limited to the training partner or your own master. The gratitude and respect are cross-generational and extend to the grand master and great grand master, because without these "ancestors" the pupil would not have the opportunity to learn the martial art from his master at all. That is why we greet in the direction of the former masters.
Are these the most important greetings? Not quite yet. Because an integral part of every Chinese martial arts school is Guangong, the patron saint of all martial artists. Guangong is greeted in addition to the "ancestors". You wish for a successful and injury-free training under his supervision.
The typical greeting in Chinese martial arts is with the right fist on the left palm. This hand gesture did not come about purely by accident. And this is where the most frequently asked question comes from new students: "What exactly does the greeting mean?"
The story of its origin and its meaning are diverse and are interpreted differently depending on the school. Below we try to highlight the most well-known meanings.