Karate Classes In St James’s

Karate Classes In St James’s

St James’s Karate Instructor

Wanting a karate teacher or karate lessons in St James’s ?

What exactly is Karate?

Karate may be described as a weapon free technique of self defence. It incorporates dynamic offensive and defensive procedures applying all parts of the body to their maximum advantage. It’s an empty handed martial art which was made to defend against armed adversaries.

Why It is great To train Karate

Health and fitness, control, continuing development of great character are just some of the many benefits of training Karate, you gain fitness through intense movements and cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise, self-control through drills and repetition of movement, and develop good character as a result of following directions and practising with humility.

Karate Lessons/Classes In St James’s

Our Karate classes in St James’s are designed for all sorts of people, usually one of these three: Men and women that want to practice a new self-defense skill or sports activity that keeps them in good shape Those people who are intent on learning Karate & Those that would like to develop the ability to protect themselves and increase their confidence in day to day life We can work with men, women and children of ages young and old irrespective of their experience or natural ability.

Karate practice (St James’s ) – Our Karate Classes in St James’s

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 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, 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 may 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 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 extended periods in its history is also partly responsible for the high degree of development of unarmed fighting techniques within the island.

In summary, karate in Okinawa developed from the synthesis of two fighting techniques. The first, used by the inhabitants 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 )

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