Karate is a form of Martial Arts which was originated from Japan. The word Karate means empty hand. In Japan, it is practiced as a sport. Karate is a striking art and it includes punching the opponent, elbow and knee strikes. A person of practices karate is known as a Karateka. Karate was introduced in Japan in the 20th century. In the year 1924 the first ever Karate university was established. by the year 1932, almost all of notable universities of Japan had a Karate club. Karate is the most famous form of Martial arts in today’s era.
The main teaching in Karate is to teach how to deflect at attack. The opponent should be surprised by the counter attack. The controlling and disabling techniques are the most important part of the training. Karate is the art of self-defense and art of combat. It is a very fast paced sport. Karate can be really lethal too. Full attention to details is required in order to learn the fast paced moves in karate.
The commonly used techniques that are used in the training of Karate are Kihon, which is conducted in form of pairs. Many different techniques are combined and practiced as one. The other is Kata. Kata literally translates into modeling or shaping. In this technique, many defensive and offensive postures are practiced. The last technique is known as Kumite which means to spare. In other words, in means the meeting of hands.
The place where karate is taught is known as dojo. It means the place of the way. The white uniform which is worn during the training is known as gi which means uniform in the Japanese language. During the explosive techniques, the students yell and shout loudly. It is part of their training and it also has a name. this yelling is known as kiai which simple means unification of will. This loud yelling is not done without any purpose. It actually has two main purposes. First is it empties the body from any excessive wind. The second purpose is that it puts all the focus on the positive energy.
Karate is suitable for all the age groups. It is suitable for boys and girls of all ages. It is a wonderful workout technique. It not only focuses of your mind and body it also brings a positive change in your life. It is a way to make life better. It improves focus and concentration. The whole feels the positivity which is brought to it while following the movements of karate.