Karate Classes In Hampstead

Karate Classes In Hampstead

Hampstead Karate Teacher

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Exactly what is Karate?

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

Why It Is Good To Practice Karate

Perfect for self defence, exercise, and discipline, it is a highly popular and efficient martial arts system dating back to feudal Japanese martial tradition. It is easy to learn about and safe. It has a fantastic history and is a very enjoyable pursuit.

Karate Classes In Hampstead

Our Karate classes in Hampstead are designed for a variety of people, usually one of these three: Those that would like to learn a new martial art or sport which hopefully keeps them fit Those who are intent on learning Karate & Those who wish to develop the ability to protect themselves and increase their confidence in day to day life We can assist men, women and children of all age groups irrespective of their experience or natural ability.

Karate practice (Hampstead ) – Our Karate Classes in Hampstead

Karate practice is usually divided into three main 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 a complete Karate tuition experience in Hampstead .

Karate: Some historical information

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 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 can be considered the first book on karate in history.

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 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 periods 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 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.

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