Karate Classes In West Hampstead

Karate Classes In West Hampstead

West Hampstead Karate Teacher

Looking for a karate instructor or karate lessons in West Hampstead ?

What exactly is Karate?

Karate may perhaps be described as a weapon-less technique of self defence. It involves powerful offensive and defensive procedures making use of all parts of the body to their highest possible advantage. It is deemed an empty handed martial art which was made to defend against armed adversaries.

Why It Is Good To train Karate

Karate training provides physical and mental benefits that range from much more confidence and a increased sense of well-being to improved professional overall performance. Kids and adults benefit from the group interaction while they learn together but each in their own pace.

Karate Lessons/Classes In West Hampstead

Our Karate classes in West Hampstead are prepared for all types of people, usually one of these three: Those who wish to learn a new martial art form or hobby which keeps them in good shape Those who are serious about learning Karate & Individuals who want to develop the capacity to defend 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 actual physical ability.

Karate practice (West Hampstead ) – Our Karate Classes in West Hampstead

Karate practice is usually divided into three key activities:

Kihon (drilling of stances, blocks, punches, strikes and kicks)

Kumite (sparring)

Kata (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)

We bring these three activities together to bring you a complete Karate tuition experience in West Hampstead .

Karate Historical background and its Development into a World Martial Art At the turn of the Twentieth century, Anko Itosu gained permission to end the shroud of secrecy for people who wanted to learn forms of martial arts and started teaching Karate in Okinawan institutions. This resulted in even further expansion by one of Itosu’s students, Sensei Gichin Funakoshi, who introduced the skill to Japan in 1922.

Funakoshi made many modifications to the art making it readily available for the Japanese including transforming the name and karate as we know it today was born. Towards the end of his life, Funakoshi was instrumental in forming the Japanese Karate Association (JKA) which set about making karate a world martial art by sending out its best instructors to teach it all over the globe.

Today, karate is practiced by huge numbers of people right across the world and although the lines are often blurred between karate history facts and exagerations or legends, the contribution made by the old Okinawan masters and those that followed them should not be forgotten.

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 endurance and strength, 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.

(info courtesy of: Karate Class in West Hampstead )

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