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What To Look For When Choosing A Karate School?

When entering a karate school, it’s important to know what to anticipate and how to prepare yourself so that you can go in knowing exactly what to do.

Martial arts have been practised by humans for a very long time. People pursue martial arts for a variety of reasons, and those motivations have shifted and developed over time.

When war was raging, the primary motivation for training was to improve one’s combat skills; when it was peaceful, it was health and character development; and now we have karate competitions, which is big!

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Modern Martial Arts

Self-defense

It’s obvious that karate has a self-defense component, but without the right mindset, no matter how many techniques they learn or how long they practise, they will be unsuccessful in a street fight.

Fitness

It’s easy to notice the benefits of karate training on your body.
Karate is a high-intensity, high-respiratory-effort martial art that emphasises rapid, explosive movements. Many karate teacher urge their students to complement their karate training with cardiovascular workouts like jogging, cycling, swimming, or even just walking around the block. Many karate dojo (training facilities) adhere to the belief that you should be fit before you begin practising karate. For a rookie karateka, this is a highly perplexing idea, but with practise, the karateka will come to grasp it.

Well-being and personal growth

Karate begins and ends with respect, almost all karate schools emphasise and teach these great human characteristics such as respect, discipline, civility and effort, such as humility, success and persistence, to name a few.

Training for competitions

Without endangering yourself or others, competition arenas are a terrific location to practise karate without risking damage to either of you. In competition (shiai), important aspects of karate, such as speed, timing, distance, balance, spirit, and reflexes, are scrutinised.

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Karate's Three Ks

Kata (forms). The best way to define kata is a pattern of karate strikes, blocks, kicks, and manoeuvres, with a focus on technique, fighting spirit, relaxation, speed, and force.

Kumi (sparring). In karate kumite, two karateka team up to attack and protect against each other. Attacker punches, defender blocks and counters. With practise, karate sparring becomes free sparring, where everything goes.

Kihon (basics). Whether it’s for competition, self-defense, or everyday training, the karate techniques need to be practised until they become second nature and when needed, just happen without thinking about it.

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Louie L Matthews

6th Degree Black Belt Karate
Louie has been practicing karate for 40 years.