Karate Classes In Croydon
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What exactly is Karate?
Karate may be thought of as a weapon-less way of self defence. It consists of powerful offensive and defensive strategies applying every part of the body to their highest possible advantage. It’s an empty handed martial art that’s designed to fend off armed opponents.
Why It is great To train Karate
Fitness, control, growth and development of good character are some of the key benefits of practising Karate, you gain fitness through intense activity and aerobic and anaerobic exercise, control via drills and repetition of movements, and develop excellent character by way of following directions and practising with humbleness.
Karate Classes In Croydon
Our Karate classes in Croydon target all types of people, usually one of these three: Men and women that would like to practice a new martial art form or sports activity which keeps them fit People who are serious about learning Karate & Individuals who wish to develop the capability to protect themselves while increasing their confidence in day to day life We can assist men, women and children of every age regardless of their experience or physical ability.
Karate practice (Croydon ) – Our Karate Classes in Croydon
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 Croydon .
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 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 within the island.
In summary, karate in Okinawa developed from the synthesis of two fighting techniques. The first, used by the residents 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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