|Visiting the instructor's home|
|Written by Rachel|
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When we rent out a training hall we start each night by cleaning the hall. Throughout the night we ensure that the hall is treated with care and respect.
We take responsibility for our behaviour and the conduct of the students.
Your instructor's home
Visiting your instructor's home is somewhat trickier than attending a church hall. This is where your instructor lives. Can you appreciate the significance of this fact?
If you are clumsy, careless or stupid in their home... it's pretty rude isn't it?
Good manners have much to do with emotions.
To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
Don't make yourself too comfortable
In the West people are encouraged to 'make themselves at home' when visiting somebody else's house. This is not the case in Asia. Always remember to respect the other person's home...
In Asia, no one wants to look rude when visiting somebody's house. Here are some tips:
Don't touch anything that doesn't belong to you
- be careful not to knock things off/over
- never pick anything up
- watch where you swing your bag
Take off your shoes whilst standing on the door mat
- not in the yard/garden
- not in the kitchen
Bow to Sifu as soon as you see him
Ask where to put your coat/bag
- if you know where to put them, just do so
If you want to use
the toilet, just go
- remember to leave the toilet in a clean condition so that somebody else can use it
Don't open a closed
door (unless it is the bathroom)
- if you don't know if the bathroom is vacant, knock gently and ask
just common sense really.
Careful, as if crossing a frozen river.
Alert, as if aware of danger.
Respectful, like a guest.
Yielding, like melting ice.
Simple, like a valley.
Be still, and allow the mud to settle.
Remain still, until it is time to act.
Page created 28 September 2007
Last updated 3 February 2008