Sandoval Freestyle Karate’s Martial Arts Glossary “O”

Discover Japanese Terms Used in Karate Beginning with “O”

Welcome to Sandoval Freestyle Karate’s karate glossary, where we’ve listed the most common karate terminology one will encounter. If you cannot find the term you’re looking for or would like to learn more, please contact us today!

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Obi

An obi is part of a Japanese martial arts exercise outfit and is basically a belt made from thick cotton. In karate, as in many martial arts, the obi signifies a person’s skill level. Typically, they will wear a white obi if they are a beginner while a black obi wearer is deemed to have significant skill. Increased ranks can be earned through practice where the improved abilities are demonstrated.

Oi-Zuki

A thrust punch where the lead hand is used.

Oss

This is generally deemed to be a respectful greeting or the understanding of a command given by a sensei.

Otagai ni Rei

The term used for a bow in karate. It is traditional for students to bow to their sensei as a sign of respect. It is also traditional to bow to an opponent before and after combat.