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Meaning of the term «Osu»

In Kyokushinkai karate, every question is answered by "Osu". Every greeting is "Osu". Every instruction or question in the class is answered with "Osu" instead of "yes" or "I understand". When performing kihon waza (basic techniques) in class, each technique is often accompanied by a loud "Osu". When you are practicing jiu kumite (totally free fighting) in class and your opponent uses a good, complex technique, you say "Osu" to acknowledge the opponent's skill. As a show of respect, the fighters at the tournament bow and say "Wasp" to the front, the referee and each other, before and after the fight.

Osu is a combination of the words Oshi, which means "push" and Shinobu, which means "endure". Osu means patience, determination, gratitude, respect and perseverance.

To develop a strong body and a strong spirit, it is necessary to undergo complex training. Kyokushin training is very demanding. You become demanding of yourself until you decide you have reached your limit. At first, your body wants to stop, to give up, but your mind keeps pushing you. Then your mind wants to stop, but your spirit supports you. When you reach that point, you must fight against yourself and your weakness, and you must win. To do this, you must endure pain, you must learn to stand your ground, but above all, you must learn to be patient. This is Osu!

Kyokushin karate is not learned immediately. It takes years to get the basics right. Basic techniques are performed thousands of times (ren ma - "always polishing") until they are performed by reflex or instinct, without conscious thought (mushino - "mind without mind"). There's no need to get frustrated doing the same thing over and over again, especially when progress seems slow. It takes patience and determination to overcome this disappointment and continue learning. This is Osu.

The reason you put yourself through hard training is because you care about yourself, and taking care of yourself means respecting yourself. Self-respect must be developed so that it spreads as respect for the teacher and fellow students. When you enter the dojo, you bow and say "Osu". It means you respect your dojo and the time you spend there. This feeling of respect is Osu!

During training, you try your best because you respect yourself. When you finish, you bow to your instructor and fellow students, and say "Wasp" again. You do it out of gratitude. This feeling of gratitude is Osu.

Thus, Osu is a very important word in Kyokushin Karate because it means patience, respect and value. That is why we always use the word "Osu" to remind ourselves of these indispensable qualities. The true devotion required to follow the path of the Kyokushinkai is Osu!

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