Karate Classes In Gospel Oak

Karate Classes In Gospel Oak

Gospel Oak Karate Teacher

Seeking a karate coach or karate classes in Gospel Oak ?

What exactly is Karate?

Karate may perhaps be described as a weapon-less technique of self defence. It incorporates dynamic offensive and defensive strategies applying every part of the body to their maximum advantage. It’s an empty handed martial art that was designed to fend off armed opponents.

Why It Is Good To train Karate

Good for the heart, great for conditioning and mental clarity. Shows you willpower and the capability to follow instructions under pressure. Practitioners of Karate usually proceed with the martial art into later life. It provides a feeling of achievement only achievable by way of particular sports activities and martial arts.

Karate Lessons/Classes In Gospel Oak

Our Karate classes in Gospel Oak target all kinds of people, usually one of these three: Those that would like to learn a new martial art style or sport activity which keeps them in good shape Those who are intent on learning Karate & Those who want to develop the capability to defend themselves while increasing their self-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 (Gospel Oak ) – Our Karate Classes in Gospel Oak

Karate practice is usually divided into 3 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 Gospel Oak .

Karate: historical information and facts

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 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 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 very long stretches 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, 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.

(info courtesy of: Karate Class in Gospel Oak )

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