People have practiced martial arts for thousands of years. There are lots of reasons that people practice martial arts and the factors have changed and progressed throughout the years.
In times of war, it was the battling skills learned from karate that were the main need to train, in times of peace, health and character advancement took precedence and now we have the competition side of karate, which is big!
Master Gichin Funakoshi, who was the founder of Shotokan karate, thought the advancement of character was the most fundamental part of the martial arts. He thought and passed on the philosophy of, no very first attack in karate.
It appears contemporary martial arts go into one, or a combination of four instructions,
2. Physical fitness
3. Health and character development.
4. Competitors training.
The self-defense element of karate is plain to see, however if the karateka (somebody who practices karate), does not train with the correct attitude, it doesn’t matter the number of relocations they learn, or for how long they train, they WILL be ineffective in a street situation.
The physical gains seen by practicing karate are apparent.
Karate is extremely anaerobic, brief explosive bursts. Lots of sensei (karate teacher), will recommend their trainees to match their karate with aerobic workouts such as, running, biking, swimming, or even walking. A great deal of karate dojo (training hall), have the viewpoint that you should not practice karate for physical fitness, instead, you should be fit to practice karate! This is a very confusing approach for someone new to karate, however as time goes by, the karateka will comprehend this philosophy.
Master Gichin Funakoshi stated,’ karate begins and ends with respect’
Respect, discipline, courtesy, effort, devotion, humbleness, accomplishment, determination, etc, etc, all these favorable human attributes are urged and taught in a lot of karate schools.
Competitors arenas are a terrific location to check your karate skill without causing injury to yourself, or others. Important locations of karate are evaluated in competition (shiai), speed, timing, distance, balance, spirit, reactions, etc, etc
. Some karateka do not concur with competitors, they believe if somebody has a bad character, competitors can only make things even worse, some karateka will reveal disrespect to their opponents, instructors and referees, however I think this to be really unusual and most of karateka at competitors show respect and humbleness whether they win or lose.
Chose The Right Karate Dojo For You!
It is necessary to understand what you desire from karate, if it’s self defence, you will need to discover a karate school that position emphasise on street self defence training. If it’s fitness, you may not want sparring or kata (types), but great deals of stamina training. For competition training you have to discover a dojo that concentrate on the competition side of karate. If you are searching for health and character advancement, it may be a karate dojo that practice kata (forms), kihon (fundamental karate moves) and kumite (sparring), a bulk of the time. The majority of karate schools practice a mixture of the above areas, however check prior to you start training and make sure it’s exactly what you’re looking for.