Karate Classes In Downham

Karate Classes In Downham

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Trying to find a karate teacher or karate lessons in Downham ?

What Is Karate?

Karate might be defined as a weapon-less means of self defence. It comprises powerful offensive and defensive tactics making use of every part of the body to their highest possible advantage. It is an empty handed martial art which was intended to defend against armed adversaries.

Why It is great To Practice Karate

Perfect for the cardiovascular system, good for conditioning and mental clarity. Shows self-discipline and also the ability to abide by instructions under pressure. Practitioners of Karate usually follow the martial art into later life. It provides feelings of accomplishment only achievable through certain sports and martial arts.

Karate Lessons/Classes In Downham

Providing Karate classes in Downham made for people from all areas of life both men and women. We provide you with lessons for people from beginner level all the way through to experienced Karate practitioners. Our Karate students can be female or male, young or old, we’re able to assist people from all avenues of life, irrespective of their sex or age group.

Karate practice (Downham ) – Our Karate Classes in Downham

Karate practice is usually divided into three main activities:

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

Kumite (sparring)

Kata (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)

We bring these 3 activities together to bring a complete Karate tuition experience in Downham .

Karate: Some historical information

Karate history can be traced back some 1400 years, to Daruma, founding father 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 north 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 very long periods in its history is also partly responsible for the high degree of development of unarmed fighting techniques on 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.

(info courtesy of: Karate Class in Downham )

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