Karate Classes In South Croydon
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What Is Karate?
Karate might be defined as a weapon-less means of self defence. It is made up of powerful offensive and defensive procedures using every part of the body to their maximum advantage. It is deemed an empty handed martial art that’s made to defend against armed adversaries.
Why It’s great To train Karate
Fitness, control, growth and development of good character are just some of the advantages of training Karate, you gain physical fitness through volatile activity and aerobic and anaerobic exercise, control via drills and repeating movement, and build good character as a result of following directions and practising with humility.
Karate Classes In South Croydon
Our Karate classes in South Croydon target a variety of people, usually one of these three: Those that wish to study a new martial-art or sport which hopefully keeps them fit Those who are intent on learning Karate & Those who would like to develop the capability to defend themselves while increasing their confidence in day to day life We can work with men, women and children of all ages irrespective of their experience or natural ability.
Karate practice (South Croydon ) – Our Karate Classes in South Croydon
Karate practice is usually divided into three key 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 South Croydon .
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 north 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 long stretches 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 one, 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 simultaneously a strict and austere discipline and philosophy with a nonviolent emphasis.
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