Ok If you have never been to a karate class before lets give you the heads up.
You don’t need a uniform immediately, just some comfortable looses clothing such as tracksuit/jogger bottoms and a t-shit
No Shoes (bare feet)
Long Hair tied back
Bring a drink with you – bottled water is best
The lessons are taught in Japanese you’ll soon pick up the lingo
When you enter or leave the training room (Dojo) stop at the door face into the room bow and say “Osu”
You will hear the word ‘OSU’ a lot, its a karate word and loosely means you understand,
however the true meaning is;
“Osu” is made up of two kanji, “o” meaning to “push” which symbolises one hundred percent effort and “su” means to “endure”. Combined, “osu” is a pledge to do one’s best and endure.
Always address the Instructor as ‘Sensei’ and never by his/her name.
If you are late to a lesson never just join in always site by the side (in view of the instructor) and wait to be invited into the class.
Whats all the bowing about: Its just the Japanese equivalent of shaking hands
If you train hard the following day you may feel a little stiff or sore don’t worry its normal
Don’t worry, remember your Sensei had a first lesson once!