Karate Classes In Westcombe Park

Karate Classes In Westcombe Park

Westcombe Park Karate Coach

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What’s Karate?

Karate could be described as a weapon-less means of self defence. It incorporates powerful offensive and defensive procedures using all parts of the body to their highest possible advantage. It’s an empty handed martial art which was intended to defend against armed opponents.

Why It’s great To Practice Karate

Good for the cardiovascular system, great for physical fitness and mental clarity. Instructs self-control and also the ability to adhere to guidance under pressure. Enthusiasts of Karate typically follow the martial art into later life. It provides a feeling of achievement only possible by way of specific sports activities and martial arts.

Karate Classes In Westcombe Park

Our Karate classes in Westcombe Park focus on many types of people, usually one of these three: Individuals who wish to practice a new martial art or sport that keeps them in good shape Individuals who are serious about learning Karate & People that wish to develop the ability to defend themselves and increase their self-confidence in day to day life We can work with men, women and children of every age group regardless of their experience or natural ability.

Karate practice (Westcombe Park ) – Our Karate Classes in Westcombe Park

Karate practice is usually divided into 3 primary 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 a complete Karate tuition experience in Westcombe Park .

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 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 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 moves; 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 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 simultaneously a strict and austere discipline and philosophy with a nonviolent emphasis.

(info courtesy of: Karate Class in Westcombe Park )

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