Glossary of Judo terminology

Zarei (Seated bow)

Zarei (Seated bow)

"Zarei" (Seated bow) is performed from the formal sitting posture.
Respect is an important part of Judo, as reflected in its "Rei ni hajimari, rei ni owaru" (Beginning and ending with a bow of respect) creed. Contestants always perform this bow in the dojo at the beginning and ending of a practice session or bout.
The Zarei (Seated bow) begins with the contestant standing with back straight. The contestant then moves into a kneeling posture by moving the left leg backward and lowering the left knee to the floor. The right knee is then brought to the floor, and the contestant lowers his hips and sits on his spread knees with hands on his thighs (thumbs to the inside) and with back straight. The contestant then places both hands on the floor in front of his knees, with elbows out in the shape of angular brackets, and bows the upper body forward until the head is 30 centimeters from the floor. Women perform this bow with both knees together.