Tong Xue Men Hao! Etiquette for Classes

Fraternal greetings!

Here are some rules of etiquette that must be observed and respected during the development of a regular class with your own teacher/instructor, or during a seminar with Master Yang Jun (or any other Master/Instructor).

  • Students should be in formation prior to the scheduled start time with the more advanced students in front.
  • Class begins when the instructor takes a position in the front of the class and greets the class with “tong xue men hao” (hello class). The class should respond with the martial arts salute (open left hand covering the right fist) and speak the words, “lao shi hao” (hello teacher) in unison.
  • Students should stand when they ask the instructor a question. It is appropriate to remain standing until the answer has been completed at which time the student says thank you in Chinese, “xie xie.”
  • During breaks students should allow the instructor uninterrupted quiet time to rest Students shouldnot attempt to ask questions or speak to the resting instructor as he or she sits in the back of the hall to drink water or tea.
  • The instructor closes each session by saying, “tong xue men zai jian” (good bye class). The response, along with the martial arts salute, is “lao shi zai jian”.
  • As a courtesy to Master Yang Jun, video taking, sequential picture taking or taking pictures with a flash is not allowed during instruction or during the seminar.
  • Other instructors may choose to allow video or flash cameras during the class or seminar.
  • When asking a question or speaking to Master Yang Jun, students should always address Master Yang Jun as Master Yang or Yang Lao Shi.
  • When asking a question or speaking to other Instructors, students should always address the instructor as lao shi or the instructor’s last name followed by “lao shi”.
  • Turn off your cell phones

Martial Salutations
The “palm and fist” salute is generally used by martial artists to greet each other as a sign of respect.

  • Salute with bare hands: palm and fist salute

The individual stands upright, with feet together. The right hand forms a fist. The left palm is open, with four fingers together and the thumb separated and slightly bent. The first sections of fingers of both hands touch each other.
Both forearms turn slightly inward, so the centers of both palms are facing downward and frontward. The two arms bend naturally at the elbows, which are a bit lower than the shoulder level; the two hands, when joined together, are level with the chest.

  • Salute with saber or straight sword

The individual stands upright, with feet together. The weapon is held in the left hand in a standard grip, with the blade either inside or outside the arm, and parallel to the forearm, and is brought to the center of the chest. The right hand is an open palm, with four fingers together and the thumb separated and slightly bent. The right hand is brought to touch the weapon or the back of the right hand. The two arms bend naturally at the elbows.

  • Salute with staff or spear

The individual stands upright, with feet together. The weapon is held in the center of the body, perpendicular to the floor, with one hand, palm inward. The other hand is an open palm, with four fingers together and the thumb separated and slightly bent. The edge of the open palm touches the weapon or the fingers of the hand gripping the weapon.

Bibliography:

  1. IYFTCCA Directors and Instructors Handbook 2012 Edition
  2. IYFTCCA Judges and Ranking Handbook 2012 Edition
  3. http://www.yangchuan.net

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