C.01.01 Class Start . Salutation
All training sessions begin with a salutation between students and teacher/s. It’s a sign of respect for the teacher, students, and peers that marks the beginning of a class.
From a practical and pedagogical point of view, this ritual is essential to mark a gap between a meeting of athletes in a more informal environment and the beginning of a new activity, a moment of pause and concentration strengthened by systematic repetition. This ritual is even more important in the younger groups with greater difficulties of concentration and that usually generate greater “confusion” before the beginning of the training. It’s an opportunity par excellence to begin the control of the group by the person in charge of the training session (monitor, instructor, teacher, master …), an important incentive for punctuality and correctness.
In Jogo do Pau this salutation passes through the presentation of the weapon to the teacher, or vice versa, perhaps with some medieval military influence, however, there is no bibliographic reference that justifies it.
The teacher stands in front of the students and the students line up in front of him side by side with the most graduated player to the right of each one. The salutation to the master and students must be initiated by the master with the “Cumprimento” command followed by the following steps:
Standing position with the stick in the left hand, the arm more or less at 90 degrees, and the tip on the ground (posição de marcha).
- (1) Left foot approaches the centre, right foot joins left foot while left hand grabs the staff in the middle and places it in a horizontal position in front of the body, passing the upper tip of staff to the right side of practitioner and grabs with the right hand next to the left.
- (2) Place left hand on hip.
- Right hand stays with the staff, touches the chest in front of the heart with the staff at more or less 45 degrees (the heavier tip should be facing up).
Students point the staff at the teacher. Teacher points to all students in a circular motion from left to right.
- (3) Right hand goes to the centre with the staff in a horizontal position.
- Left hand joins right.
- (4) Left hand puts the staff upright at the same time as the feet return to the width of the shoulders in the reverse order of the beginning of the greeting, right foot, and left foot.
Upon completion of the salutation, the instructor, teacher or master, instructs the beginning of the training by indicating the first exercise to be performed. Some take this opportunity to give a briefing about what will happen in the session.