Karate Classes In Highgate
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What exactly is Karate?
Karate is described as a Japanese martial art whose physical aspects seek the development of protective and counter-attacking body movements. The themes of traditional karate training are fighting and self-defence, though its mental and moral aspects concentrate on the overall development of the individual. This is facilitated by the discipline and persistent effort required in training.
Why It’s great To Practice Karate
Suitable for self defence, conditioning, and self-discipline, this is a very popular and efficient martial arts system dating back feudal Japanese martial history. It’s easy to understand and safe. It has a wonderful historical background and is a very enjoyable pursuit.
Karate Classes In Highgate
Our Karate classes in Highgate focus on a variety of people, usually one of these three: Individuals who wish to learn a new martial art style or sports activity which keeps them physically fit Those people who are seriously interested in learning Karate & Those that want 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 irrespective of their experience or actual physical ability.
Karate practice (Highgate ) – Our Karate Classes in Highgate
Karate practice is usually divided into three primary 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 a complete Karate tuition experience in Highgate .
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 may 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, 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.
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