Karate Classes In Greenwich
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Exactly what is Karate?
Karate may be defined as a weapon-less method of self defence. It involves powerful offensive and defensive tactics making use of all parts of the body to their maximum advantage. It’s an empty handed martial art that was designed to fend off armed opponents.
Why It’s great To Practice Karate
Physical fitness, self-control, growth and development of excellent character are a few of the advantages of practising Karate, you gain fitness through forceful movements and aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise, self-control via drills and repetition of movement, and cultivate good character by way of following directions and training with humbleness.
Karate Lessons/Classes In Greenwich
Our Karate classes in Greenwich focus on many types of people, usually one of these three: People who would like to learn a new martial art style or sport activity which hopefully keeps them physically fit Those who are serious about learning Karate & Those who would like to develop the capability to protect themselves and increase their confidence in day to day life We can assist men, women and children of any age regardless of their experience or physical ability.
Karate practice (Greenwich ) – Our Karate Classes in Greenwich
Karate practice is usually divided into 3 key activities:
Kihon (drilling of stances, blocks, punches, strikes and kicks)
Kata (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)
We bring these 3 activities together to bring a complete Karate tuition experience in Greenwich .
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 techniques 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 of all time.
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 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 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 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 simultaneously a strict and austere discipline and philosophy with a nonviolent emphasis.
(info courtesy of: Karate Class in Greenwich )