will train our hearts and bodies for a firm unshaking spirit.
will pursue the true meaning of the marital way so that in time
our senses may be alert.
true vigour we will seek to cultivate a spirit of self-denial.
will observe the rules of courtesy, respect our superiors, and
refrain from violence.
will follow our religious principles and never forget the true
virtue of humility.
will look upwards to wisdom and strength, not seeking other desires.
our lives through the discipline of karate, we will seek to fulfil
the true meaning of the Kyokushin way.
oath in Japanese
student upon entering or leaving the Dojo, should turn
and face the front of the Dojo, bow and say "OSU".
This is to acknowledge the Dojo and every person within.
When late for a class, kneel (formal kneeling position) at the
appropriate place, within sight of the instructor, facing away
from the class. When the instructor indicates it is now safe to
join the class, you stand up, turn to the front, bow and say "OSU"
then "Shitsurei Shimasu" (excuse me for disturbing),
then quickly join at the rear (regardless of your grade) of the
Do not eat, drink, eat or chew gum in the Dojo.
Do not leave the class without asking permission from the instructor.
If you must leave your position, walk behind the line you are
in to the side and proceed around the back of the class.
Always address the instructor and seniors by their proper title
(Shihan, Sensei or Sempai). Acknowledge them with a loud
"OSU" if they speak to you.
Your attitude should be serious, so do not talk or cause disruption
during the class.
All directions, from the instructor or a senior grade in the Dojo
should be obeyed without question.
Always move quickly in class when instructed to do something.
Do not practice kumite (fighting) unless the instructed
tells you to do so.
Do not stop if you are having problems keeping up, let the instructor
know or do your best.
During any break do not sit, lie down or lean against the wall.
All students should accept the responsibility of keeping the Dojo
clean and tidy.
Your dogi must be neat clean at all times. When not being
used your dogi should be put folded neatly or hung up.
Your belt should never be washed, as it represents the spirit
of your hard training.
Males should never wear t-shirts or other clothing underneath
their dogi, it suggests that you will not be training
hard and you will need it to keep warm.
Keep fingernails and toenails cut short.
Do not wear jewellery during training.
Oyama's Eleven Mottos
martial way begins and ends with courtesy. Therefore, be properly
and genuinely courteous at all time.
Following the martial way is like scaling a cliff, continue upwards
without rest. It demands absolute and unfaltering devotion to
the task at hand.
to seize the initiative in all things, all the time guarding against
actions stemming from selfish animosity or thoughtlessness.
for the martial artist, the place for money cannot be ignored.
Yet one should be careful never to become attached to it.
The martial way is centred in posture. Strive to maintain correct
posture all the times.
The martial way begins with one thousand days and is mastered
after ten thousand days of training.
In the martial arts, introspection begets wisdom. Always see contemplation
on your actions as an opportunity to improve.
The nature and purpose of the martial way is universal. All selfish
desires should be roasted in the tempering fires of hard training.
The martial arts begin with a point and end in a circle. Straight
lines stem from this principle.
The true essence of the martial way can only be realised through
experience. Knowing this, learn never to fear its’ demands.
Always remember: In the martial arts the rewards of a confident
and grateful heart are truly abundant.
meaning of "OSU'
comes from the "oshi shinobu" which means to "persevere while
being pushed" it is the most used word in Kyokushin and used in a
number of ways but mostly "to acknowledge the situation". The instructor
may ask a question that requires a "yes" you should say "osu"
he may also ask a question that required a "no" again you should answer
with "osu". Confused? It will be come very obvious when you
are in a class.
means patience, respect and appreciation. In order to develop a strong
body and strong spirit it is necessary to undergo rigorous training.
is very demanding, because you must push yourself to what you believe
to be your limit, and you want to stop; to give up. When you reach
this point you must fight yourself and your weakness and you must
win. To do this you must learn to persevere, but above all you must
learn to be patient. This is "Osu"!
reason you subject yourself to hard training is because you care
about yourself, and to care about yourself is to respect yourself.
This self respect evolves and expands to become respect for your
instructor and fellow students. When you enter the dojo you bow
and say "Osu" . This means you respect your dojo
and the time you spend training there. This feeling of respect is
training you push yourself as hard as possible because you respect
yourself. When you finish you bow to your insructor and fellow students
and say "Osu" once more. You do this out of appreciation.
This feeling of appreciation is "Osu".
"Osu" is a very important word in Kyokushin Karate
because it signifies patience, respect and appreciation. That is
why we always use the word "Osu"; to remind ourselves
of these indespensable qualities.