Karate Classes In Elmers End
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Exactly what is Karate?
Karate might be defined as a weapon-less method of self defence. It comprises dynamic offensive and defensive procedures applying all parts of the body to their maximum advantage. It is deemed an empty handed martial art that was built to fend off armed opponents.
Why It Is Good To Practice Karate
Karate training provides mental and physical rewards that range from more self-confidence and a increased feeling of well-being to improved professional performance. Adults and children have fun with the team interaction while they learn together but each at their own pace.
Karate Classes In Elmers End
Our Karate classes in Elmers End are designed for a variety of people, usually one of these three: Men and women who would like to learn a new martial art or sports activity which hopefully keeps them physically fit Those people who are serious about learning Karate & Those that wish to develop the ability to defend themselves and increase their self-confidence in day to day life We can work with men, women and children of any age irrespective of their experience or natural ability.
Karate practice (Elmers End ) – Our Karate Classes in Elmers End
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 Elmers End .
Karate: historical details
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 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 north China, was characterized by very colorful, rapid, and dynamic movements; 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.
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