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Like A Rice Plant

There is a saying that a Karate student should be like a rice plant.

As the rice stalk matures, it bends. In the same way, as a Karate student advances in the art, he should become more humble -- bow his head. Humility accompanies maturity. See Proper Bowing and False Courtesy.

It is because of this saying that some Karate schools incorporate the rice plant into their logs or patches.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin