Karate Classes In Somerstown

Karate Classes In Somerstown

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Seeking a karate instructor or karate lessons in Somerstown ?

What’s Karate?

Karate may perhaps be described as a weapon-less method of self defence. It consists of dynamic offensive and defensive techniques making use of every part of the body to their maximum advantage. It’s an empty handed martial art that was made to defend against armed opponents.

Why It’s great To train Karate

Karate training provides mental and physical advantages that range from more confidence as well as a heightened sense of well-being to improved professional performance. Kids and adults experience the group interaction while they learn together but each in their own pace.

Karate Lessons/Classes In Somerstown

Our Karate classes in Somerstown are designed for a variety of people, usually one of these three: Individuals that wish to practice a new martial-art or sport which keeps them in shape People who are intent on learning Karate & People that want 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 all ages regardless of their experience or actual physical ability.

Karate practice (Somerstown ) – Our Karate Classes in Somerstown

Karate practice is usually divided into 3 main 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 Somerstown .

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 of all time.

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 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 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.

(info courtesy of: Karate Class in Somerstown )

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