Karate Classes In Upper Norwood
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What exactly is Karate?
Karate may be thought of as a weapon free method of self defence. It incorporates powerful offensive and defensive tactics using every part of the body to their maximum advantage. It is an empty handed martial art which has been designed to defend against armed adversaries.
Why It Is Good To Practice Karate
Karate training provides both mental and physical benefits that range from extra self-confidence and a increased feeling of well-being to improved professional performance. Children and adults experience the group interaction while they learn together but each in their own pace.
Karate Classes In Upper Norwood
Our Karate classes in Upper Norwood are prepared for many types of people, usually one of these three: Those that would like to learn a new self-defense skill or hobby which hopefully keeps them in shape People who are seriously interested in learning Karate & People that wish to develop the capacity to protect themselves and increase their confidence in day to day life We can assist men, women and children of every age irrespective of their experience or natural ability.
Karate practice (Upper Norwood ) – Our Karate Classes in Upper Norwood
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 three activities together to bring a complete Karate tuition experience in Upper Norwood .
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 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, 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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