Karate Classes In St James’s
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Karate could be thought of as a weapon-less means of self defence. It consists of dynamic offensive and defensive techniques applying all parts of the body to their highest possible advantage. It is an empty handed martial art which has been built to defend against armed opponents.
Why It is great To train Karate
Suitable for self defence, physical fitness, and discipline, it’s a very popular and efficient martial arts training program going back to feudal Japanese martial history. It is easy to learn about and safe. It comes with a wonderful historical background and is an extremely satisfying pursuit.
Karate Classes In St James’s
Our Karate classes in St James’s are designed for a variety of people, usually one of these three: Men and women who wish to study a new self-defense skill or sports activity which keeps them physically fit People who are intent on learning Karate & Those that wish 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 every age irrespective of their experience or physical ability.
Karate practice (St James’s ) – Our Karate Classes in St James’s
Karate practice is usually divided into 3 main 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 St James’s .
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 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 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 at the same time a strict and austere discipline and philosophy with a nonviolent emphasis.
(info courtesy of: Karate Class in St James’s )