Karate Classes In Merton Park
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What Is Karate?
Karate may be described as a weapon-less means of self defence. It comprises dynamic offensive and defensive tactics applying all parts of the body to their maximum advantage. It is an empty handed martial art which was intended to fend off armed opponents.
Why It’s great To Practice Karate
Health and fitness, self-discipline, development of good character are some of the key benefits of practising Karate, you gain fitness through explosive movements and aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise, self-discipline via drills and repetition of movement, and build excellent character as a result of following directions and training with humility.
Karate Lessons/Classes In Merton Park
Our Karate classes in Merton Park target many types of people, usually one of these three: Those who want to learn a new martial-art or sports activity which keeps them fit Those people who are seriously interested in learning Karate & People that want to develop the ability to protect themselves while increasing their self-confidence in day to day life We can assist men, women and children of any age regardless of their experience or actual physical ability.
Karate practice (Merton Park ) – Our Karate Classes in Merton Park
Karate practice is usually divided into 3 primary 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 you a complete Karate tuition experience in Merton Park .
Karate: historical information and facts
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 can 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 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 extended periods 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 inhabitants 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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