Karate Classes In Tooting
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What exactly is Karate?
Karate may be thought of as a weapon-less technique of self defence. It consists of dynamic offensive and defensive tactics applying all parts of the body to their maximum advantage. It is an empty handed martial art that’s built to defend against armed opponents.
Why It is great To train Karate
Karate training provides mental and physical advantages that range from extra confidence and a increased feeling of well-being to improved professional performance. Adults and kids enjoy the group interaction as they learn together but each in their own pace.
Karate Lessons/Classes In Tooting
Our Karate classes in Tooting focus on a variety of people, usually one of these three: Individuals who wish to learn a new self-defense skill or sports activity which keeps them physically fit People who are serious about learning Karate & People that want to develop the capacity to protect themselves while increasing their confidence in day to day life We can assist men, women and children of every age group irrespective of their experience or physical ability.
Karate practice (Tooting ) – Our Karate Classes in Tooting
Karate practice is usually divided into 3 key 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 Tooting .
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 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 on 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.
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