This is a curious term which is heard often throughout all Karate Lessons. It can mean a multitude of different things. It can be used as a greeting when bowing to other karateka, it can be used to indicate to other karateka that you are ready, it can be used to the instructor to indicate that you have understood an instruction. It can be used as a mark of respect when bowing to higher grades and it can also be used as a respectful way of saying to the Instructor I understand but please be patient whilst I try to put what you have taught me into practice.
Oss derives from two Chinese characters one means to bear hardship the other to push aside obstacles.
|Karate||Empty hand / Chinese hand|
|Kiai||Expression of spirit|
|Kime||Focus of power|
|Shomen ni rei||Bow to the front|
|Shotokan||Hall of pinewaves|