West Side Jin Sei Ryu
Karate is a traditional martial art and as such, we endeavor to follow certain rules of protocol and etiquette. These rules separate us from other workout classes. Students will learn these rules over time with the help of the instructors and senior students.
Osu is a Japanese term (short for “Oshi-Shinobu”) which has several meanings and usages in karate. It means “hello” and “goodbye”, and, as such, is a greeting. It also means “I understand” and “I’ll try my best” and is a term signifying respect. Traditional Oshi means “to push” yourself to be being better. ” Shinobu” means to endeavour or to try hard to achieve something. Never giving up.
Bowing in karate is a gesture of respect, not of subservience and has no religious significance. We bow in recognition of a senior’s knowledge, ability and dedication.
** If you have any questions please feel free to speak to Shuseki Shihan Mel or any senior belt **