Karate Classes In Balham

Karate Classes In Balham

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What Is Karate?

Karate might be described as a weapon free way of self defence. It involves dynamic offensive and defensive procedures using every part of the body to their maximum advantage. It is deemed an empty handed martial art that’s intended to fend off armed adversaries.

Why It’s great To Practice Karate

Karate training provides both mental and physical advantages that range from much more self confidence as well as a heightened feeling of well-being to improved professional performance. Kids and adults experience the group interaction as they learn together but each in their own pace.

Karate Classes In Balham

Offering Karate classes in Balham made for people from all walks of life both female and male. We provide you with lessons for people from beginner level all the way through to seasoned Karate enthusiasts. Our Karate pupils might be male or female, old or young, we are able to help individuals from all walks of life, regardless of their sex or age group.

Karate practice (Balham ) – Our Karate Classes in Balham

Karate practice is usually divided into 3 main activities:

Kihon (drilling of stances, blocks, punches, strikes and kicks)

Kumite (sparring)

Kata (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)

We bring these three activities together to bring you a complete Karate tuition experience in Balham .

Karate: historical details

Karate history can be traced back some 1400 years, to Daruma, founder of Zen Buddhism in Western India. Daruma is said to have introduced Buddhism into China, incorporating spiritual and physical teaching methods that were so demanding that many of his disciples would drop in exhaustion. In order to give them greater strength and endurance, he developed a more progressive training system, which he recorded in a book, Ekkin-Kyo, which may be considered the first book on karate in history.

The actual physical training, heavily imbued with Daruma’s philosophical principles, was taught in the Shaolin Temple in the year 500 A.D. Shaolin (Shorin) kung-fu, from north China, was characterized by very colorful, rapid, and dynamic motions; the Shokei school of southern China was known for more powerful and sober techniques. These two kinds of styles found their way to Okinawa, and had their influence on Okinawa’s own original fighting method, called Okinawa-te (Okinawan hand) or simply te. A ban on weapons in Okinawa for two extended periods in its history is also partly responsible for the high degree of development of unarmed fighting techniques within the island.

In summary, karate in Okinawa developed from the synthesis of two fighting techniques. The first one, used by the occupants of Okinawa, was very simple but terribly effective and, above all, very close to reality since it was used throughout many centuries in real combat. The second one, much more elaborate and impregnated with philosophical teachings, was a product of the ancient culture of China. These two origins explain the double character of Karate-extremely violent and efficient but simultaneously a strict and austere discipline and philosophy with a nonviolent emphasis.

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