Karate Classes In West Ham
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What Is Karate?
Karate might be defined as a weapon-less means of self defence. It involves powerful offensive and defensive tactics making use of all parts of the body to their maximum advantage. It’s an empty handed martial art that was designed to defend against armed adversaries.
Why It Is Good To Practice Karate
Fitness, control, continuing development of good character are some of the advantages of practising Karate, you gain physical fitness through volatile activity and cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise, self-control via drills and repeating movements, and build excellent character as a result of following instructions and training with humility.
Karate Lessons/Classes In West Ham
Our Karate classes in West Ham target all kinds of people, usually one of these three: Those who wish to learn a new martial art or hobby which keeps them in shape Individuals who are intent on learning Karate & People that would like to develop the ability to protect themselves and increase their self-confidence in day to day life We can assist men, women and children of every age group irrespective of their experience or actual physical ability.
Karate practice (West Ham ) – Our Karate Classes in West Ham
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 3 activities together to bring a complete Karate tuition experience in West Ham .
Karate: Some historical information
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 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 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 one, 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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