Japanese Karate

If you want to keep your body healthy or would like to keep that figure, enrol yourself in a Japanese karate lesson and you will surely achieve those goals. Today, more and more people are practicing Japanese karate for various reasons. There are others who love karate because they are able to defend themselves while others love karate for it boosts their self-confidence. In addition, karate also forms or moulds their character as a whole for it advocates discipline and respect.

However, before you can do those punches and kicks and blocks, it is necessary and only right for a practitioner to at least have a background check on how Japanese karate began. There are already a lot of karate styles today but actually they just all boil down to those invented and developed in Japan. Karate in vernacular means “Chinese hand” or “Empty hand” depending on how you write it either in Japanese or Chinese character. It is said that the Okinawan Karates started in the 1600s when Chinese practitioners of various Kung Fu styles get together with local adherents of an art called “te” (meaning “hand”). “Te” was a Western type of boxing which is rough and not well constructed. Later on, they combine the different fighting techniques and then resulted into a close-range, hard, external styles.

In the late 19th century Gichin Funakoshi created a new style of Karate. He introduced this in the world in the early 20th century and thus became a common kind of karate. They are called Japanese Karates which they often normally call karate for short. Japanese Karate styles are rough and tend to be used suitably for external methods. When used in defense they are done in circular, and in offense in linear method. Japanese karate styles put emphasize on thorough physical conditioning.

Japanese karate styles are commonly divided into the following groups or styles: Shotokan, Shito-Ryu and Wado-Ryu. Just like other types of karate, Japanese karate requires the familiarization of the basic moves of karate. These include blocking, punching and kicking. These are necessary karate moves, like alphabets  which needs to be memorized to be able to level up to higher karate methods. After that a practitioner learns the Kata or forms.

Japanese karate gives a lot of advantages. However, for this to be able to come true, a person needs to enrol in an effective karate school. Aside from that, a person needs a lot of dedication and not merely memorization. Karate masters on the first place advocate the principle of making karate a passion and not only a way of boasting for the knowledge being acquired.   Japanese karate can be practiced as an art (budō). But it can also be practiced as a sport, as a combat sport which why there are many competitions being held over the world to honor karate as a whole.

Contrary to what other believe, karate can be for adults as well as for kids. For kids, this is especially suitable for them to spend their free time and fend off dangerous situations like bullying and the like.

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