Karate Classes In Hampstead
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What Is Karate?
Karate is described as a Japanese martial-art whose actual physical elements seek the continuing development of defensive and counter-attacking body movements. The themes of classic karate training are fighting and self-defence, though its mental and moral aspects focus on the overall development of the individual. This is caused by the discipline and persistent effort required in training.
Why It Is Good To train Karate
Physical fitness, self-discipline, growth and development of good character are just some of the advantages training Karate, you gain physical fitness through forceful activity and aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise, self-discipline as a result of drills and repetition of movement, and build good character by way of following instructions and practising with humbleness.
Karate Classes In Hampstead
Our Karate classes in Hampstead focus on all kinds of people, usually one of these three: Those who want to learn a new style of martial art or sport which keeps them healthy People who are serious about learning Karate & People that wish to develop the capacity to protect 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 actual physical ability.
Karate practice (Hampstead ) – Our Karate Classes in Hampstead
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 three activities together to bring you a complete Karate tuition experience in Hampstead .
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 may 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 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 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 at the same time a strict and austere discipline and philosophy with a nonviolent emphasis.
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