What is KARATE?
The art of weaponless self-defense from which a student may
acquire confidence and physical expertise, while having fun, there
is neither intimidation nor hostility. It consist the techniques
of blocking, thwarting, and counter attacking by either punching,
kicking.It is not for offense but for defense only.
At present, Karate is widely known as a sports, as a self-defense
method and as a health building system, but it is still fundamentally
a martial arts. Much emphasis is place on Kata (Blocking, Kicking
and Punching techniques). The learning of which is necessary for
promotion to higher rank.
KATA "The Heart of the Art"
Katas are specific patterns of movements, which combine
of various techniques of defense and offense in a rhythmic sequence.
They are the foundations from which a student may learn or assemble
concentration, power, speed, balance, and control. Usually Kata
is performed solo but after achieving reasonable skills the students
may apply with three or four partners or synchronize kata with
Another training method is prearrange sparring (kumite) that
enhances timing, reflexes and throwing skills. At the more advance
level, students engaged in a carefully monitored and regulated free
sparring with emphasis on control as well as respect for, learning
from, and helping each other.
Karate Bowing (rei)
In Karate Dojo, Bowing is an act of submission to the training
that is taking place, is a sign of courtesy; it indicates humility or
lack of arrogance. Bowing to Sensie or Sempai is a sign not of worship
but of gratitute, it is an act of mutuality. An important point to
remember is that "do not look your parter in the eyes during bowing
action, this could be interpreted to indicate mistrust."
Karate is not just the cultivation of power and speed but also it
can give the practioner the ability to walk without fear. Once a student
practice it seriously and regularly he/she will not only learned the
strikes and techniques but also on how to meditate or reflect his/her
outlooks in life. It is not meant to superiority towards his fellowmen but
rather, it is a way of life.
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