Kung Fu Greetings - On the western
adventure KUNG FU/ABC/1972-75 David Carradine played Kwai Chang
Caine, a Shaolin monk who fled China and wandered the Old West in
search of his brother.
Kwai Chang Caine ready to fight
During Caine's travels and in the flashback sequences on the show
there were many fight scenes. Before a fight began, however,
opponents would often bow to each other, especially those from the
Shaolin Temple who in accordance to their training always bowed
before fighting someone.
In the book "The Kung Fu Book of Caine" by Herbie J. Pilato
(Tuttle, 1991) Kam Yuen, a technical advisor for the series
explained that bowing is a matter of honor and respect. When you
bow, you must always look into the eyes of your opponent. If you
don't, you are being disrespectful.
David Chow the first technical advisor on the program added that
one bows with hand to the side when bowing to a master. For someone
of equal or less ability one "offers your heart and strength" as you
look at your opponent while bowing. This is done by holding both
hands in front of ones body: one hand open (to signify your heart)
and one hand closed in a fist (to signify strength).
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