literal translation of this term means "teacher", however, it is a
term reserved for the head instructor of the Karate school holding the rank of
4th degree Black Belt or higher.
actual training area in the Karate school.
oos, it is an important and multi‑functional term used often in the
Karate school. It is derived from the Japanese phrase Onore‑Wa Shinobu, meaning, "I will persevere", which
is the training philosophy behind the martial arts. The term, as employed
today, is always respectful of this attitude. Some uses in the Karate school
when first entering or leaving the dojo in
conjunction with a standing bow made in the direction of the front of the
at the beginning and ending of a training class
under the direction of the instructor in conjunction with a kneeling bow after
opening and closing meditation;
when answering a question directed to you in the
affirmative, both singly and as a group;
when bowing to a fellow student before and after
examples are by no means exhaustive, but will provide the beginner with an
initial understanding of the application of this term.
front of the dojo recognizable by the traditional portraits of the founders of
Karate or the teachers of the particular Karate style being taught, and
usually an appropriate calligraphy of philosophical connotation. It is from
the Kamiza, or upper seat, that the instructor will conduct classes or
Kit‑skay, meaning attention.
At the command of "Kio‑tsuke" students must assume the
attention position, feet together and hands at their sides.
into bowing position". From standing, the left leg is bent to the floor,
then the right. The student then sits back on his heels with his hands in
front of him on his thighs and the back straight.
The command given at the meditation before the training session, which means, "clear your mind" in preparation to receive instruction.
command given at closing meditation after the training session, which means
"to recollect" something you have learned that lesson.
command which means "to the front, bow".
the sensei bow."
the Black Belts, bow."
command given at the beginning of a class meaning "come together",
i.e. line up facing the "Kamiza" in order of rank with your senior
being to your left.