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Shotokan Karate

Karate is a common type of martial arts. More and more people are practicing it because of the various benefits that it gives. There are actually many types of karate. They are commonly called as karate styles.

One of the common karate style is the Shotokan. It was developed from a mixture of martial arts by its founder named Gichin Funakoshi with his son Gigo Funakoshi. Gichin was born in Okinawa. Because of his passion for karate, he was often seen demonstrating them to many people to encourage others to practice them. He did this by organizing public demonstrations and by supporting university karate clubs, including those at Keio, Waseda, Hitotsubashi (Shodai), Takushoku, Chuo, Gakushuin, and Hosei. Indeed it is by his passion that Shotokan karate was known not only within Japan but also later on to the whole world.

Funakoshi continued to teach Shotokan karate until his death. However, because of internal disagreements because of the clash of different principles and interpretations, many schools and organizations began to split from each other. In the end, there was only one Shotokan school left. But still it bore the influence of Funakoshi. In fact, the term Shotokan came from Funakoshi itself. “Shoto” means pine needles. This was the pen name of the founder when he wrote poems and other philosophical writings. “Kan” on the other hand means house or hall. As a tribute, students put the word “Shotokan” above the hall of the building where Funakoshi taught. On the other hand, he himself just called it karate.

Shotokan training is divided into three parts: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring). Kihon and kate involves techniques that are branded by their deep stances. They develop the body’s stability. It also enables powerful movements, and strengthen the legs to effectively cause injury to the opponent. Shotokan is referred to as a “hard” and “external” martial art. Beginners as well as experts are taught to develop strong basic techniques and stances before they can proceed to higher level of Shotokan. Like other types of martial arts, Shotokan also incorporates the idea of blet system. Most Shotokan academies use the “kyū / dan system” but others have added other belt colors to indicate more emphasis on the level of the practitioner. But the principle is still quite the same, the darker the belt color or shade, the higher the learning of the student too.

There is a long list of the Shotokan techniques. They are often divided into many categories. There are positions for stances, blocking techniques which may utilize the arms or legs, striking techniques and kicking techniques. For a practitioner to be able to learn Shotokan on the highest level, a person needs the basic value of discipline, respect and dedication. There are many karate schools who specialize in Shotokan and it may be well observed that Shotokan has been known for years already as a common hobby, art and sport by many people all around the world.

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.

Karate Moves

Looking at the movies that involve karate makes us feel as if we want to be martial artists too. All the punching and kicking and steering are so cool to look at that we often end up making rush decisions like enrolling in karate lessons perhaps? However, we have to oftentimes too we end up discouraged with the fact that those Karate Moves are not actually not that easy to perform. Constant practice as well as dedication are needed to be able to execute all those steps and routines.

Karate is well appreciated all over the world. As you may have noticed, not only adults are addicted to it but also teenagers not to mention the growing young practitioners of this generation. The reason behind this is that karate gives several benefits. It does not only give you pride but also increases your self-confidence in such a way that you cannot also boast of your own skills. Another reason for this is that today, it is a requirement to at least have a basic knowledge on self-defence. Otherwise, you can end up a target in various crimes such as robbery, molestation and even bullying.

But as mentioned already, it is not easy to learn Karate Moves. In fact, this cannot be done in just a month’s time. One needs to complete the whole course so that satisfaction and great execution will be achieved. Karate Moves are best learned in karate schools and academies. Although one can look over karate books, read and understand them, there are certain things which karate teachers can only share you.

There are many Karate moves which a practitioner must learn. As a beginner, he needs to know the basic karate moves which will serve as foundation for further levels of karate lessons. These include blocking, kicking and punching. Blocking is a necessary Karate move that prevents the attacker from further inflicting injury in you. This is performed by using the arms and hands for the most part. Blocking is essential in every karate combat. Then, one also needs to be familiar with kicking. Needless to say, this is done through the use of feet. When performed with force and power, this can already be an effective method to fend of opponent. To practice precision and force in throwing a kick, one can practice on a practice bag.

After learning the basic moves of karate, they are strung together to be able to form Kata. Katas are predefined karate moves which needs to be memorized by heart by each karate practitioner. This is like learning to read the English language. For you to be able to flip for the next pages of a book, you first need to be an expert of the alphabet first.

There is an endless list of karate moves and it would actually fill this page if they are placed in here. The most important thing to keep in mind however is no matter how good you are in the different karate moves, values such as respect and self-discipline should still be the basis of every action that a karateka practitioner need to bear in mind.