this is not to be approached on its own. But we also need to acknowledge the importance of "osu" in the right settings, and neglecting to differentiate between osu as slang as and osu in kyokushin karate is just as grave an error. for absolutely everything! Dr. Tesshin Hamada (Hanshi and current President of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) teaches that Osu means to "press-on" (similar to the Kyokushin meaning). These two symbols are mixed within the conventional Japanese martial arts to type Osu, which interprets as “persevere while pushing oneself to the absolute limit”. His way of discipline I suppose. He asked them about it and liked the idea of it and now it is everywhere in BJJ too. I use "hai" or "hai sensei" in the ju-jitsu (the japanese kind not the brazillian kind) dojo i train in. When you respond to an instruction or question in class, you say "Osu" instead of "yes" or "I understand". What does a clumsy karateka say? I use the analogy of the English Language. So if its being used to follow the use. But ... she uses it for EVERYTHING. o.O. I was one of the founders of a MA club at my CUNY college back in NYC in '80, and we used it in our club, but NONE of my traditional Japanese Martial Art instructors used it, nor did my traditional Chinese Martial Instructors ever use it. If we don't stay in sync the class will look chaotic, it will be confusing for students the sensei and observers. I always get a kick today when some UFC guy in California uses it today. The absolute and unfaltering devotion needed to “scale the cliff” of Kyokushin karate is Osu. I mean, in a discussion on the implications of language, seriously? He told me that it started as a joke but now every body uses it. Its just that my friend in Japan often greet us with "OSS/OSU" and I got it from him. But (and this post is in reply to JayRay), it isn't a universal greeting as much as it is a statement of affirmation. It passes for a greeting in some dojo cultures but more polite would be to say, if off the mat, "Hello, sensei" or if in the morning, "ohayogozaimasu sensei" or first time on the mat, "yoroshiku onegaishimasu sensei". But for those of us who have enormously enjoyed and benefited from training in American karate schools, derivative of foreign martial art schools, I don't think we need to shoulder any social responsibility for minor affectation of using a few foreign terms. Do you think Chiba's movies had any influence in the proliferation of the "osu" in Western karate culture? Our feelings are when in Rome do as the Romans do. I find that highly amusing, kinda makes me want to say it more, purely for entertainment value. If it was 'THAT' bad wouldn't a senior instructor from a style, ANY style, say something about not using it? Kyokushin training is very demanding. I came looking for this and got what I needed. John - http://www.bbat50.com/2009/10/words-we-useour-gangwords.html. So I took him to a dojo owned by a sensei you was education (all names withheld) in America, and the oss continued: To the displeasure of the Okinawan sensei. We use OSS in BJJ and is used with utmost respect... and perhaps it has been appropriated incorrectly as described in this article but language itself evolves with culture and this is what has happened in martial arts. His explanation was always towards the Naval Officers view. ;) I remember an interview with Harada sensei in which he said that one should never use "Oss"/"Osu" as it is a crude yakuza (i.e. If you don't speak any other Japanese, however, perhaps "thank you, sensei" would sound more natural. That's how we were taught to use it as well.... (Shotokan). La utilidad del término la Chinen Sensei did not use the term "OSU" in his classes and at times when outside visitors from other styles would visit the training session. I sure hope not. It was used when you bow and off the mat, and when you got gut-punched (which was often in that class). I did some karate about 30 years ago and returned to it about 18 months ago when my son wanted to try it. I trained with Keinosuke Enoeda Sensei and don’t recall it being used. Let's ask some questions here, "Who's to say that it is right or wrong to use it? Love this post. I recall standing by an elevator in a Tokyo hotel waiting for a buddy, wearing my karate association windbreaker top, when an entire Japanese high school baseball team filed past in the lobby, and each one smiled some tipped their caps and most said "oss." (Especially if you’re a certified Karate Nerd™). But I have also noticed that in other styles of Aikido it is hardly if in fact ever, heard at all, but is instead replaced by Hai or just silence and the sound of training and occasionally the discussion of the technique at hand. To use the terms correctly, prefixes are made: to(e)bok, hanbok, kyobok, etc. Now I just can't stand it. It’s fun to imitate Japanese culture (in some dojos, this seems to be what 99% of class is about), and it’s not a federal crime to use “Osu!” inappropriately. English words for 押す include push, shove, jostle, to press, press down, press, pressing, press on, to press down and press for. This last theory is called ‘The Onegaishimasu Theory’. The literal meaning of the expression "Osu!" It means patience, determination and perseverance. I mean, once an order is issued, "Osu" is in order. They are Guju ryu. Thank you for your interesting research, commentary, and deductions, which has shed some light on what is probably the early etymological roots of the term OSU. As a dojo that is based in Okinawan karate, we use the term Hai but not exclusively. Thanks for the tip though on Japanese culture, I’ll make sure I don’t use it in contexts that it isn’t respectful or appropriate. I also read an interview with the late Shuji Tasaki (Founder of the Seiwakai Gojuryu organization and said to be the #1 student of Gogen Yamaguchi), who also defined "Osu" as meaning to "press-on". Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the "Oss" thing...I never use it in letters UNLESS I receive letters from HQ in Japan where they use "Oss"...In my dojo?? My theory is that because the Shotokan system concentrated on getting karate in the universities and the college programs were pretty rough and tumble, their karateka gravitated towards the use of "Oss". you said osu should only be said to people younger than you are I have never heard it overused, and I like both hearing and saying it. yes, but not very much...in fact I am not that keen on the traditions behind Karate Do...only the traditions that I feel nessesary to keep up the "politeness". Jesse-san, this is a good article. Keep up the great work. I was told that karateka were required as early as the early 20th century in Japan to say, "Osu" or other acceptable greeting to higher ranking students if they saw them anywhere, and continue saying it and bowing within reason until acknowledged. -Respectfully, Dean. The literal which means of the expression “Osu!” will be decided from the kanji (Chinese characters) from which the time period is derived (see above). I think that whatever country you live and train in, use that language. “Osu!” has become such in the karate community. "OSU!" I think it's alright to say it when our sensei explains something or sometimes outside of our dojo when we attend Karate events. Osu is a contraction of the words: 押し Oshi meaning "Push" 忍ぶ Shinobu meaning "to Endure" It means patience, determination and perseverance. Cheers Sensei Jesse! quote: Never say it to a Japanese person – unless he is younger than you, or wants you to say it (and when it comes to women, don’t say it at all.) Kinda' like when Americans say "hey" as a greeting or "what" in a acknowledgement with that hint of annoyance. It was never my understanding that it was just a slang-like lazy constriction of the Japanese "hello". Love this article, not in the last place because of the reactions! Wishing you well. Entertaining and informative article, Jesse! I will be honest too, at the risk of causing offence. The OSU! He liked to use Osu, a lot. It is used by practitioners to feel the esprit de corps and to express masculinity, aggressiveness, assertiveness, and enthusiasm. The word actually originally stems from the American institution Ohio State University (O.S.U.). Thanks for telling us about what this word means elsewhere. So it was interesting to see that mention of the Imperial Navy above as part of the origin. For some reason I know that teenage girls actually lead the language changes so get ready for “like” to start every sentence!!! And every dojo learns it different. Therefore, as you mention as well, not used as much by women. So to me and all the people I know is used like "yes sir", "yes master" or the like or as a sign of respect with students or other peer level. The next theory comes from Dr. Mizutani Osamu in Japan. Karate Bu was wildly popular in its native Japan, but is otherwise almost completely unknown in most other countries. to people. In the latter I'd say ... This means you respect your dojo and the time you spend training there. Thus OSU is a very important word in Kyokushin Karate because it signifies patience, respect and appreciation. I'd even prefer the last option more. I can tell you that the "Osss..." is still very prevalent in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ("Navy" would be much easier to say, but it's not a navy due to laws in force today). Fascinating article, I’m glad there are people in the world posting their knowledge for all the see :). As I understand it, some such responses such as "oss" depending upon the instructor, can be considered braggadocios and lacking of humility. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. His Dad was a WWII Naval Submarine Officer that rather than surrender at the end of the war they road the sub to the bottom and scuttled it, in turn killing everyone on board. I would much rather hear a student acknowledge my comment or instruction with "Osu" instead of "Sure" or "Yea." Like anything, many practitioners have diverted from traditional arts and words into a more current Westernized version. It can get a little crazy in class sometimes and in the midst of all the chaos and masochism, I fear that the meaning may have been diluted over the years. Gracias, creo recordar que es mi primer comentario. So women can't display "strong assertiveness, masculinity and “let’s-kick-butt” spirit"? I've been to several Kyokushin schools over the last 10 years where they basically say "osu" to everything. I think it would be wrong to relegate us to hobbyist status. Counting the steps of a technique helps everyone in the dojo to stay in sync. My view is that I do not speak Japanese so I do not say "Oss". So, we're still on the old OSS topic? In my dojo we use it for two things. I find it amusing how people also misuse the word gi (clothing). Why? Just because I found this post randomly searching for something else and found it amusing, I just wanted to say that while it may not be Okinawan, all the things being called out in both the post and the comments are most definitely a staple of Japanese karate-ka. This self respect evolves and expands to become respect for your instructor and fellow students. p.s. After uttering the sacred word "OSU", for a number of years, I decided that because of how we over used it, I would just stop saying it until such time as I felt it could be reintroduced into my dojo conversations. I agree with you Jesse about it in everyday conversation with people you don't know, but when it comes to the dojo or each other, why not follow the traditions of our most senior instructors. I trained Syu Yu Kai karate as a youngster and we were encouraged to ‘OSSSSS’ all over the place, using it as a utility word. More than a year later when i read this post (November 2019), you brought the words back into perspective without "McDojo" jibes. It is now more than 30 years since I last used the sacred word and still counting. ", I respond in like. Kyokushin training is very demanding. P.S. It is not a "kiai", it is not a fill word to be used the way some teenagers use "like" four times in a sentence. :-). I just recently began training judo on top of BJJ. in situations in which it's not appropriate to say it. EVEN cute children at my Kyokushin dojo use OSU as their kiai until now! Together it means, "Please be patient with me I'm trying. We never used the term too much in California, but when I went back East, it seems to have EXPLODED and been thrown at least ten times into every sentence. Dear Jesse-Sensei, En otras palabras, lo utilizamos para estimular al estudiante. to make it strong and powerful. The students take something like arigatougozaimasu and make it asu or azas, and Otsukare sama deshita becomes otsukare'su But I can reply with a "Hai!/Hi!" OSU! Nice post except the point of not using it to Japanese, of higher rank, etc.. Even if you're not an active karate-nerd (but was in younger days and nowadays flirting with the idea of "coming home"). I practice Itosu-ryu and we never use osu inside the dojo. In general it involved the apprentice's interest for him to talk about that otherwise he would give us general directions for 1/3 of the class and sometimes we did some choral Kiai during those. We never use it, but we do use Hai, and onegaishimasu! the list says we must greet each other with osu, and we must use osu as "yes" when in the dojo. Maybe this was helpfull? with a little aspiration on the ss sounds (aspiration meaning a slight escape of air). I truly agree with you on the hai/silence theory! This is not to be approached on its own. Everybody was posting pictures and commented by saying oss etc. So kudos if you are making those kinds of connections. Ha. Good Article. It is not intended to be made heard, but simply to allow good air flow through the body. So I just use hai. Thank you for this article. Does that make it not relevant in the context of our identity. You see, in Kyokushin it’s common wisdom that the term “Osu!” stems from a longer phrase known as “Osu no Seishin”. This is definitely the style Shotokan :D, We only ever use it on gasku or our intensive training weekend when there are no non-karate-ka ladies around. I hope you won't take offence, and can appreciate what I am trying to say. I also remember him walking up to me during a leg stretch (the one where you stand on one leg and your partner pushes the other one towards your face) he pushed my leg until my toes touched the wall behind me, laughed and said now is stretched, osu! Finally, the Kyokushin Karate version states that Osu is a contraction of two words, from a longer phrase known as “Osu no Seishin”. In this particular case, “Osu!” is a combination of two different kanji (Sino-Japanese characters), namely the verb ‘osu’ which means “to push”, and ‘shinobu’ which means “to endure/suffer” or “to hide”. Nada. Thomas. 押し Oshi meaning “Push” 忍ぶ Shinobu meaning “to Endure”. The combo multiplier effect occurs in the osu!standard, osu!taiko, and osu!catch game modes. back. Quite often Japanese when they agree or understand something they say Ah So or So said several times such as so so so. During the build up of WWII many of those officers trained in various arts such as Judo, Shotokan, etc. osu - respect, understood, agreement, effort, strength; seems better than "hai" It's the most natural, and actually quite respectful. Nice summary, Jesse. But one thing Japanese people are weary of here in Japan, is that Osu has a mafia connotation to it. That said, the "hai" is actually supposed to be a ki-ai, I was once told by the sensei's second. We use both in my dojo (Osu & Hai). when the mind and body are strong this in turn produces a strong spirit, a strong spirit … The best interpretation of the word perseverance is - as far as I know - from Margaret Wheatley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpRPaBGtoZU. Though I dont pracrice Karate, I do practice kendo here in Japan. I train Okinawa Goju Ryu in Denmark, and we say a quiet osu when we bow before shinden when entering the dojo. The single word Osu captures most accurately the ultimate in what the art of karate, particularly Kyokushin, has to offer. I already made my comment on this one elsewhere, but am itching to comment again. If you want to sound elegant and mindful, practice saying ossu at a normal volume. Don't shout the O sound or exaggerate the u sound. I mean really? But that's just our way! Ever. What I noticed, right off, were the use of traditional greetings and thank yous, etc. Students: "hai!" My primary dojo say Osu a bit (ie after the rei's - except to shomen and sometimes to indicate "I understand" / "Understand?". I’m a large blond Caucasian, so when I’m in Japan it is pretty clear to most people that I’m not a native Japanese speaker. I was raised in a traditional Japanese Dojo where the "word which will not be spoken" was never ever used. Ive noticed it used similar in Sweden, and by germans as well. This prompts me to wonder if maybe people hearing the aspiration, or outward breath mistook the sound as a vocalization. Hi Jesse, ossu is also used to say Hi or Hello. "I don’t see people using as a “whats up” or outside the dojo." It's part of their language, like "OK" or "Alright" is in English. I was taught, as you mentioned, Osu has many meanings. Those of you who have been around long enough could remember that he came from the US and was one of "founders" of karate in Sweden in the 70s.? In a Portuguese Karate Shotokan Dojo, our 3th Dan Master had been to japan several times, mainly for learning and we used OSU only when first stepping up in the tatami, and always facing him with a slight bow as in casual japanese greetings. I dont mind saying oss among bjjcommunity because the meaning is different. If we stay in sync, we can sometimes improve our technique by observing other students out of the corner of our eyes! they get about 1000 comments of just oss...its whatever. --finding it excruciatingly hard not to sign off with "OSU!" "onegai-shimas" '. Conversation during class is be distracting. :-). If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, then you should you should definitely use the term “osu”. It usually goes hand in hand with the 20+ kiai katas .... No comment! Did I catch your drift right? ", "Who's to say that I should use a yoga mat or chant OM when practicing yoga" or "Who's to say that I should be driving a car to work instead of walking??" Osu (Os) es la más utilizada para transmitir el "seguir entrenando con mas empuje si pudiera ser, tambien transmitimos respeto y sinceridad al saludar al compañero o al entrar y salir del tatami, para nosotros en nuestro dojo debe ser el significado real. Regardless, I've found myself in various situations now where it seems expected of me to say. Great article! Dr. Mizutani, a linguistics professor at the University of Nagoya and frequently quoted in The Japan Times as a “language expert”, talks in his work about a fascinating experiment he once conducted with a group of random people in order to observe the various ways in which subjects would return a simple morning greeting. A masonic handshake might be lost on a girl scout. Bernardo told it was a funny thing and soon it became a phenom. Jokes aside, no one was able to tell me anything about it, your article was a great help! it is banned in the dojo normally, it does creep in a bit after constant use on gashku. it started about a year ago when a guy name bernardo visited our gym. Thanfully he pointed this out a few matches in, found out the story, proverbially laughed his ass off which I'm told is unusual for an older Japanese gentleman so I'm guessing my classmate had an uber-polite upbringing or the TO had spent most of his life in Australia where all this took place and I spent the rest of the tournament being my normal self as a Kyokushin student. I remember living and training in Japan when saying "Oss" became a thing in the west. It was kind of comical. Thx, and os... greets, If karate is locked in as a static representation of an old Okinawan pastime, then it will end up as nothing more than an anachronism with no value other than as a cultural relic. The classic example is the work “gay” meaning happy now means, well gay. With the history lesson out of the way, let’s finish off with a bang. The 'oshi shinobu' kanji use was then made well known and popular by Oyama's friend, Ikki Kajiwara, who wrote the manga 'Karate Baka Ichidai', which helped to spread Kyokushin in a huge way in the 70s. And sometimes, when we start a drill or some kumite, I never know if my partner says "hai!" I realize frustration will arise from the overuse of "osu", used with no understanding of it's origins. I don't see people using as a "whats up" or outside the dojo. My intent is not to be offensive by misusing the word. The first instance of Osu I experienced was in a Kyokushinkai dojo headed by Nakamura and Oyama Sensei. Nor is driving a car to train at a community centre in a distant country. The answer you would give would be "Wassup?" Sure, "OSU!" Jay it certainly can be used as a greeting, as well as an affirmation, among those in that clique. I find it is never that easy. We bow onto the mat (tatami) and we bow to the Shihan or Sensei. Sorry we couldn't link up when you were in Canada, Jesse-san. The Meaning of ‘Osu’ If it is at all possible to express the philosophy & ideas of Kyokushin Karate in a single word, then "OSU" would be that one word. Funny story - I'm a Kyokushin student, "Osu" to me is pretty much a statement of enthusiasm rather than an actual word, makes for a decent enough greeting between classmates and an enthusiastic, respectful greeting to Kyokushin seniors. but yes, if you go around saying Osu at strange moments, it can be sort of like snapping to attention and saying, yes sir! 1) When two … But noone has said anything. “Osu!” should be used very carefully, especially toward Japanese and people of higher rank/status/age than you – and more so if you are a woman. So it upsets me and boggles my mind to see highly-ranked budoka squabbling over rank or politics, or rudely disrespecting other martial arts even over the slightest differences. I’d studied Aikido, Aikijutsu, Shotokan Karate, and held a black belt in Kenpo, but that Kyokoshinkai school was the only one I’ve ever heard say that. Jesse-san, great article. As it was explained to me "osu" is a way of greeting someone (particularly when answering the phone) in a gruff and/or a some what dismissive way. Dear Jesse When you reach this point you must fight yourself and your weakness and you must win. (from Masquerade, NTV). You all have my kindest regards and best wishes. Respectfully, When you respond to an instruction or question in class, you say "Osu" instead of "yes" or "I understand". Let's not disrespect here those karatekas who's OSU is a part of their style's (school) tradition. This "o" from deep within and the breathiness of the ss imply kokyu, which is breath and suggests pause which implies a moment of respect and enlightenment, and I think that is one of the fundamental appeals of ossu. But as a Japanese speaker, I'm always taken aback because it is VERY masculine, bro-some, and slightly douchey. That said, Osu has never been in practice in our federation or style. According to the Budo Jiten (Martial arts Dictionary) the term Hai does not necessarily mean Yes. But I do not claim to represent any official opinion of that honored karate organization. The first theory comes from Japanese full-contact Kyokushin Karate. Omg! Being blessed with a dark German humour, I replied with "Gesundheit" ;) Is this the ultimate reason for why so many Karate people use “Osu!” like crazy? Here is an interesting article pertinent to the future of karate, I think: OKAGE SAMADE. And when Professor Carlos would explain something or say something the Kyokushin students would do what they do and respond with a very polite "Osu." Does it make us feel like we belong to an exclusive club or fraternity? You say it doesn't come across as having a militaristic feeling in your club however I do find it interesting how from personal experience the use of Osu only seems to crop up mostly in Yoshinkan clubs, ironic given that Yoshinkan is the branch of Aikido favoured by the Japanese military and Riot Police. Not sure why it took so long to enter into the conversation. It spread via twitter and facebook rapidly. In this particular case, “Osu!”is a combination of two different kanji(Sino-Japanese characters), namely the verb ‘osu’which means “to push”, and ‘shinobu’which means“to endure/suffer”or “to hide”. Teaching cross culturally is important because I think Jesse points out that cultural viewpoints do not always translate with languages. I will though refrain from commenting on HAI, HAI, HAI, HAI. If I'm the same (or worse) I need to step it up some. Oss is a mark of respect - much like Namaste - the light in me recognises the light in you. I’ve created a quick test people can take to see if they should use the term “osu”: I'm not Karate Martial Artist. We always say “Osu!” to remind ourselves of its meaning: patience, determination and perseverance. You do realize that actual Japanese people use "Hai" all the time. I am a taekwondoist, so I've never used the "osu." There is too much language misuse and unnecessary mysticism associated with the languages. the whole mention of rank and status.... So what do students say during 'bow-in' and 'bow-out' in Okinawa? If the dojo is crowded it's important to stay in sync for safety, especially when doing throws. http://voices.yahoo.com/just-hit-em-many-martial-artists-forgotten-12072639.html?cat=14. ThisSprit of Osu (Osu no Seishin)is one of the most important philosophies in Kyokushin Karate. I don't feel that it is disrespectful at all, quite the opposite it signifies strong agreement and cooperation. When the mind and body is strong this in turn produces a strong spirit, a strong spirit produces a … I know 100% its meaning. Of course, everyone has their own opinions and I respect that. The absolute and unfaltering devotion needed to “scale the cliff” of Kyokushin Karate is Osu. To say it sounds a bit rough and martial for the family room is probably enough. I'm just getting started with Karate and would like to get a better understanding of its historical development. I used to used it. During class, after any instruction, it was silence or Hai. so that the paper doors rattle. So, how does “Onegaishimasu” become “Osu!”? Have great respect for the Japanese language and the correct use of it. That’s what we say in Okinawa – the birthplace of Karate – as well as in many other places where the “Osu!” parade hasn’t arrived yet and people value humility. That being said, several theories exist on its true meaning and origins. Osu is the one word that you'll hear the most in a Kyokushin dojo or at a Kyokushin tournament. The single word Osu captures most accurately the ultimate in what the art of karate, particularly Kyokushin, has to offer. I took his nod as a sign of approval. 1. “Oss” is an abbreviation for “Onegai Shimasu” and has its roots in traditional Japanese Okinawan Karate. It spawned a four episode OVA mini-series released over a period of two years from 1990-1992, a 1990 live action movie, and a 1994 Super Famicom fighting game. Frankly I use it with all sorts of people on the telephone, with male and female customer service people, but then again as part of an overall fluency, I don't use it as my primary "yes", but rather when there is a sequence of polite wrapping up statements, as happens, and all the arigatos and other pleasantries have been exchanged, and I want to give the other party the last word, and show appreciation, and respect, and be a little creative, I might give a gently weighted "ossu" to show that this has all been received with gratitude. http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%8A%BC%E5%BF%8D, BJJ community too uses the phrase oss. when I was in karate a while back, osu/oss was short for "osu no seishin", which is a term for fighting spirit or to persevere under hard conditions. But as it gained popularity, even Japan embraced it, making OSS shirts, etc. ._____. even here in finland. :-). I can think of a lot worse things to say than "OSU!" Especially when involved in Okinawan Karate. I don't particularly care to hear OSU! When we greet our sensei on arrival (ours or his) we say "Osu!" It is that simple. So a big "arigato gozaimashita" from me, please keep writing your excellent and very helpful blog. Rank applies within an organization. Daito Ryu or Sword Arts do not use this term. If there is a context for it (regardless of origin) then not sure why it is an issue. BTW, thanks. "Osu" is easy to say, and does not restrict the breathing. I trained in a TaeKwonDo for a few months and people used "Hai" quite a lot. Dan Soller. For me, I think that when we train in our own school, we do as the Sensei directs. Sure, but if that's the culture of your style, then I think it's acceptable. The ultimate devotion needed to live Kyokushin’s way is Osu. Like "let's go/start!" How about a discussion on god bless you for a sneeze? The way that my Sensei described it, it has a deeper meaning than to continue despite hardship. OSS means 'Endure and suppress yourself." Hello Jesse http://bitacoradelsensei.wordpress.com/2006/11/25/oz/. "hai" is a weaker, more controlled and constricted sound, not so suitable for martial arts in my opinion. "Hai," is "over used" here in Japan as well. 1 by [then] Saiko Shihan S. Oyama, Shihan Y. Oyama, Shihan M. Miura (Published 1981). During training you push yourself as hard as possible because you respect yourself. The host of the show began every single episode by saying oss. But I will still say Osu! It is always used as acknowledgment after receiving instructions. His explanation was akin to US Navy officers moving through a crowded below deck hallway where sailors would place their backs to the wall and allow the Officer by. Tongue in cheek, John - http: //www.bbat50.com/2009/10/words-we-useour-gangwords.html patient with ourselves and each other with Ohayou Goazaimasu, other! The offending martial artists/school has ZERO attachment to a command here, understood! 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