Karate Classes In Paddington

Karate Classes In Paddington

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Looking for a karate instructor or karate lessons in Paddington ?

What Is Karate?

Karate could be defined as a weapon free way of self defence. It incorporates powerful offensive and defensive procedures using every part of the body to their maximum advantage. It’s an empty handed martial art which was made to defend against armed opponents.

Why It is great To Practice Karate

Perfect for self defence, conditioning, and self-control, it is a very popular and effective martial arts program going back to feudal Japanese martial tradition. It is simple to learn and safe. It comes with a great historical background and is an extremely rewarding pursuit.

Karate Classes In Paddington

Our Karate classes in Paddington target a variety of people, usually one of these three: Men and women who wish to learn a new style of martial art or sports activity that keeps them healthy Those people who are serious about learning Karate & Individuals who would like to develop the capacity to defend themselves and increase their self-confidence in day to day life We can assist men, women and children of every age regardless of their experience or actual physical ability.

Karate practice (Paddington ) – Our Karate Classes in Paddington

Karate practice is usually divided into three key activities:

Kihon (drilling of stances, blocks, punches, strikes and kicks)

Kumite (sparring)

Kata (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)

We bring these 3 activities together to bring you a complete Karate tuition experience in Paddington .

Karate: Some historical information

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 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 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 long 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, 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.

(info courtesy of: Karate Class in Paddington )

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