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When is it appropriate to respond with osu?

I am new to karate. I noticed there are cases where you don't say 'osu' (pronounced 'oss'), for example when bowing at the beginning of a kata. But in most cases you do say ' osu' when bowing. There ...
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Is bowing a universal sign of respect across all martial arts?

When are students or instructors expected to bow and to whom? For spectators, family, friends or anyone else not participating, is anything expected of them as signs of respect?
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Judo zarei difference between men and women

I have read this page about reishiki ("dojo etiquette") and have a question about zarei (the kneeling bow at the beginning or end of the class). Many sites describe a difference in zarei for women ...
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What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?

This motion shows up in some styles of Karate (opening movement of several Shotokan kata - Bassai Dai, Jiin, Jion, Jitte) and some Kung-Fu styles. What does it represent?
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Where do kneeling and bowing down in Kung Fu come from?

In our dojo (Kung Fu) we kneel and bow. Where did this tradition come from?