Karate Classes In Old Coulsdon

Karate Classes In Old Coulsdon

Old Coulsdon Karate Coach

Seeking a karate teacher or karate lessons in Old Coulsdon ?

Exactly what is Karate?

Karate may perhaps be considered a weapon free means of self defence. It involves dynamic offensive and defensive tactics applying all parts of the body to their highest possible advantage. It is an empty handed martial art that was intended to defend against armed opponents.

Why It is great To train Karate

Perfect for the heart, great for fitness and mental clarity. Teaches self-control and also the ability to follow directions under pressure. Enthusiasts of Karate usually follow the martial art into later life. It offers a sensation of achievement only achievable through specific sporting activities and martial arts.

Karate Lessons/Classes In Old Coulsdon

Our Karate classes in Old Coulsdon target a variety of people, usually one of these three: Individuals who wish to study a new style of martial art or sport activity which keeps them fit Individuals who are serious about learning Karate & Individuals who would like to develop the capacity to defend themselves while increasing their confidence in day to day life We can work with men, women and children of ages young and old regardless of their experience or actual physical ability.

Karate practice (Old Coulsdon ) – Our Karate Classes in Old Coulsdon

Karate practice is usually divided into 3 key 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 you a complete Karate tuition experience in Old Coulsdon .

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 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 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 movements; 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 on 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 simultaneously a strict and austere discipline and philosophy with a nonviolent emphasis.

(info courtesy of: Karate Class in Old Coulsdon )

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