Karate Classes In Elephant and Castle

Karate Classes In Elephant and Castle

Elephant and Castle Karate Instructor

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What Is Karate?

Karate could be considered a weapon free means of self defence. It incorporates powerful offensive and defensive strategies using every part of the body to their maximum advantage. It is an empty handed martial art that was made to fend off armed adversaries.

Why It is great To train Karate

Health and fitness, discipline, development of excellent character are just some of the advantages practising Karate, you gain physical fitness through explosive movement and cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise, discipline via drills and repetition of movements, and develop excellent character by way of following instructions and training with humility.

Karate Lessons/Classes In Elephant and Castle

Our Karate classes in Elephant and Castle target all kinds of people, usually one of these three: Individuals that wish to practice a new martial art form or sports activity which hopefully keeps them healthy People who are intent on learning Karate & People who wish to develop the ability to protect themselves while increasing their confidence in day to day life We can work with men, women and children of ages young and old irrespective of their experience or physical ability.

Karate practice (Elephant and Castle ) – Our Karate Classes in Elephant and Castle

Karate practice is usually divided into three primary 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 Elephant and Castle .

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 can 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 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 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.

(info courtesy of: Karate Class in Elephant and Castle )

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