What is Karate:
Karate is defined as a form of combat developed from Chinese Boxing by the inhabitants of Okinawa. Among martial arts, karate is the art of “empty hand”. ( Kara – meaning empty, and Te- meaning hand). However for me karate has been more than just a means of combat, self-defence, or fitness. It is a way of life.
As we have all heard the different concepts, and the dozens of theories about what karate is, it is only natural to be confused. From the magical to the mystical, to the spiritual, to the art of fighting without fighting, to the killing art, and so on, in reality, we have to come down to earth and start from the basics before we can transcend into thoughts or planes of superior order.
In training karate, one must strive for discipline, character building and integrity. Develop the self to its highest dimension possible, fostering an environment of brotherhood and respect.
Karate encourages personal development through education, and investigation on all related subjects i.e.. meditation, the arts, philosophy, history, professions and topics of personal interest. Thus cultivating the mind as well as the body. Both must travel in parallel lines, neither the mind nor the body straying behind.
Physically, karate can be an effective way of self-defence and combat, which relies in the use of the body’s natural weapons such as hands, feet, elbows, knees etc. In itself, karate is highly dynamic, teaching high levels of technical and co-ordination skills.
It is also an excellent workout, developing agility and strong flexible muscles with explosive power.
In learning karate, one will gain greater confidence, become calmer and have a better understanding in all other facets of our lives. By studying all aspects of karate rigorously, the true way of Budo will be found.(Bu – meaning warrior, and do – meaning the way).In conclusion, the training of karate-do.
As mentioned above, karate-do is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, suitable for the whole family and all ages. An art in itself full of motivation, and an electrifying driving force to fulfill your life.
Sensei Christian Tapia
Why train Karate today?
Karate encourages personal development through both physical and mental development.
The simultaneous development of both is of utmost importance. For a developed body without a developed mind has no direction and equally so a developed mind without a developed body has no capability.
Physically, karate can be an effective way of self-defence and combat, which relies on the use of the body’s natural weapons such as hands, feet, elbows, knees etc. In itself, karate is highly dynamic, teaching high levels of technical and co-ordination skills.
It is also an excellent workout, developing agility and muscle core strength.
Mentally, one will gain greater confidence, attain calmness , become disciplined and as a result gain better understanding of oneself. Because only by understanding our selves thoroughly can we be best prepared to lead a successful life.
Benefits of Karate
Karate is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle and suitable for the whole family. People of all ages can find benefit in training Karate.
Children will learn discipline, self motivation and have an outlet for all their youthful energy. By training with their peers they will develop social skills and be better prepared for life as they progress as adults.
Adults will attain clarity of mind and shed the stress of their every day lives. Just as importantly they will strengthen their bodies so as to lead a better quality of life in their later years.