Karate Classes In Cambridge Heath
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What exactly is Karate?
Karate may be defined as a weapon free way of self defence. It incorporates powerful offensive and defensive tactics making use of every part of the body to their maximum advantage. It is an empty handed martial art that was intended to defend against armed opponents.
Why It is great To train Karate
Good for the heart, great for fitness and mental clarity. Shows you self-control and also the ability to adhere to directions under pressure. Practitioners of Karate typically continue with the martial art in to later life. It gives you a sensation of success only possible through certain sports activities and martial arts.
Karate Lessons/Classes In Cambridge Heath
Our Karate classes in Cambridge Heath target a variety of people, usually one of these three: People who wish to learn a new martial art style or sport that keeps them in good shape Individuals who are serious about learning Karate & Individuals who wish to develop the ability to defend themselves and increase their confidence in day to day life We can work with men, women and children of any age regardless of their experience or physical ability.
Karate practice (Cambridge Heath ) – Our Karate Classes in Cambridge Heath
Karate practice is usually divided into 3 main activities:
Kihon (drilling of stances, blocks, punches, strikes and kicks)
Kata (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)
We bring these three activities together to bring a complete Karate tuition experience in Cambridge Heath .
Karate: Some historical information
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 techniques 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 can be considered the first book on karate of all time.
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 northern China, was characterized by very colorful, rapid, and dynamic moves; 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 long stretches in its history is also partly responsible for the high degree of development of unarmed fighting techniques around the island.
In summary, karate in Okinawa developed from the synthesis of two fighting techniques. The first one, used by the inhabitants 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 at the same time a strict and austere discipline and philosophy with a nonviolent emphasis.
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