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The meaning of OSS!

OSS- to push, to endure

Kanji-OSSThe first kanji is the Japanese verb osu which means “push.” It symbolises the combat spirit, the importance of effort and the necessity to overcome all obstacles, push them aside and advance with a steady positive attitude. The second kanji is the Japanese verb shinobu which means “endure” or “hide.” It refers to the notion of pain and expresses the idea of courage, the spirit of perseverance and the resistance to withdrawal.

In Karate, practitioners often use the sound “OSS” to express their attitude toward training.  This sound is heard during the exchange of greeting between seniors and juniors, when entering the Dojo, acknowledging sensei and….

It is used as a word of many meanings, expressing the willingness to strive against all odds, to persevere on the road to physical, mental, and spiritual strength, an expression of respect of one’s seniors and responsibility to ones juniors.