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What Is Karate?
Karate may be described as a weapon free means of self defence. It consists of powerful offensive and defensive strategies applying every part of the body to their highest possible advantage. It is deemed an empty handed martial art which has been made to fend off armed opponents.
Why It’s great To Practice Karate
Karate training provides mental and physical advantages that range from extra confidence as well as a heightened feeling of well-being to improved professional overall performance. Adults and kids benefit from the team interaction as they learn together but each at their own pace.
Karate Classes In Thamesmead
Our Karate classes in Thamesmead are designed for many types of people, usually one of these three: Individuals who want to learn a new martial art style or hobby which hopefully keeps them physically fit People who are serious about learning Karate & Those who want to develop the ability to protect themselves while increasing their confidence in day to day life We can assist men, women and children of ages young and old irrespective of their experience or physical ability.
Karate practice (Thamesmead ) – Our Karate Classes in Thamesmead
Karate practice is usually divided into three main activities:
Kihon (drilling of stances, blocks, punches, strikes and kicks)
Kata (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)
We bring these three activities together to bring a complete Karate tuition experience in Thamesmead .
Karate: historical details
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 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 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.
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