November 4, 2015

Code of Conduct

Brazilian Top Team Code of Conduct

Traditionally, the study of the martial arts consists of both the practice of skills and the adherence to a code of conduct, or ethics.
Brazilian Top Team Brevard dedicates entirely to the formation of new talents in martial arts.

The code of student conduct is established to foster and protect the core missions of the academy, to foster the formation and civic development of BTT Brevard’s students in a safe and secure learning environment, and to protect the people, properties and processes that support the academy and its missions.

The core missions of the BTT Brevard are formation, teaching, learning, and good service.

Code of Conduct

All students must wear clean t-shirts
All GI’s must have Brazilian Top Team patches
All students must be on the mat minutes before scheduled class time
No footwear allowed on mat
All students will bow when entering or leaving the mat
Students must always bow individually to every black belt present in the gym
All students, including non teaching black belts, brown, purple and blue belts will bow to the instructor, (whether or not the instructor is a black belt) when entering or leaving the mat
No student may leave the mat for a water break or other reason without express permission of instructor
No cell phones, pagers, beepers or other electronic devices will be allowed in the mat area, without express permission from the instructor.

Meaning of OSU

Every question is answered with Osu. Every greeting is Osu. Every instruction or question in class, is answered by “Osu” instead of “yes” or “I understand”. When performing techniques in class, each technique is often accompanied with a loud “Osu”. When practicing in class and your opponent lands a good, hard technique, you say “Osu” to acknowledge your opponent’s skill. As a measure of respect, fighters at a tournament bow and say “Osu” to the front, to the referee and to each other, before and after the fight.

Osu is a combination of the words: Oshi which means “Push”, and Shinobu which means “to Endure”. It means patience, determination, appreciation, respect and perseverance.

BJJ training is very demanding. You push yourself until you think you’ve reached your limit. First your body wants to stop, but your mind keeps pushing you. Then your mind wants to stop, but your spirit keeps you going. You endure the pain. You persevere. That is Osu.

BJJ is not learned overnight. It takes years to properly learn the fundamentals. The basic techniques are performed thousands of times (ren ma – “always polishing”) until they are done by reflex or instinct, without conscious thought (mushin – “no mind”). It’s easy to get frustrated by doing the same thing over and over again, especially when progress seems to be slow. To overcome that frustration and continue training takes patience and determination. That is Osu.

This strength of character develops in hard training and is known as OSU no seishin (the spirit of Osu). The word Osu comes from oshi shinobu, which means, “to persevere whilst being pushed”. It implies a willingness to push oneself to the limits of endurance, to persevere under any kind of pressure.

The single word Osu captures most accurately the ultimate in what the art of Bjj, has to offer. One who is truly able to manifest the spirit of Osu in every word, thought, and action may be regarded as wise and brave. Training should first and foremost be approached in the spirit of Osu. One’s daily life, and the responsibilities it holds, would be more completely lived if addressed in the spirit of Osu.

Even for the beginner, who is conscious of his lack of training and does not necessarily want to face the demand of training, it is enough merely being aware that through perseverance and the will to continue, there comes great physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional gains. All that is needed is that special determination.”