Karate Classes In Elmstead

Karate Classes In Elmstead

Elmstead Karate Teacher

Seeking a karate teacher or karate lessons in Elmstead ?

What Is Karate?

Karate is described as a Japanese martial-art whose physical aspects seek the continuing development of protective and counter-attacking body movements. The themes of conventional karate training are fighting and self-defence, though its mental and moral aspects focus on the over-all development of the individual. This is caused by the discipline and persistent effort required in training.

Why It is great To train Karate

Karate training provides mental and physical rewards that range from more self confidence and a increased feeling of well-being to improved professional overall performance. Kids and adults benefit from the group interaction as they learn together but each in their own pace.

Karate Classes In Elmstead

Our Karate classes in Elmstead are prepared for a variety of people, usually one of these three: Those who wish to practice a new martial art or sport which hopefully keeps them in shape People who are seriously interested in learning Karate & Those who want to develop the ability to protect themselves while increasing their self-confidence in day to day life We can assist men, women and children of every age regardless of their experience or actual physical ability.

Karate practice (Elmstead ) – Our Karate Classes in Elmstead

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 Elmstead .

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 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 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 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.

(info courtesy of: Karate Class in Elmstead )

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