Karate means “way of the empty hand” and contrary to it’s image is a non aggressive sport which can be enjoyed by all. Although a fighting system the defensive blocks are the first thing you will learn. Only then will you move onto the punches and kicks more readily associated with karate. The grading, or belt system in karate allows you to monitor your progress, set yourself goals and to train with people who are at the same level.
Karate is not only a physical pastime it promotes discipline and control offering practitioners greater peace of mind and self-confidence. It also offers all round fitness training. So, if you would like to get fit, learn something new and extremely useful then why not try karate?
What is KarateBeijing?
KarateBeijing was founded in 2010 by Ron Jones is a sixth degree black belt from London, England. Sensei Jones has over forty years of training and teaching experience. He is assisted at KarateBeijing by dedicated and experienced black belt instructor, Sensei William Mathews 2nd dan. There passion for improving physical fitness, mental discipline and spiritual strength is apparent in every class they teach.
What is Shotokan?
The Shotokan style of karate is taught at KarateBeijing. Shotokan is a popular Japanese karate system founded by Gichin Funakoshi and influenced directly by the Okinawa style of Shuri-te. It is characterized by powerful linear techniques and deep, strong stances. Funakoshi practised calligraphy and signed his work with his pen-name, Shoto. Hence, the school where he taught came to be known as Shoto's school. Today his style is one of the major karate systems practiced throughout the world.
What are gradings?
The colour of a belt denotes the level of technical expertise reached by a karateka. A beginner or novice usually wears a white belt, progressing by examinations called grading's to an orange belt. Passing further grading examinations leads to belts, which are, red, yellow, green, purple and brown. These are called Kyu grades and begin at 10th kyu for the first white belt. Shodan or 1st black belt follows brown belt.
Karate students wear a white training uniform known as karate gi. The karate gi should be loose fitting so that it does not restrict you in any way.The jacket must be long enough to cover your hips. Students are expected to keep to there karate gi clean and in good condition, as this shows correct attitude to training.
A good karate club will stress the importance of good etiquette within the dojo (training hall). It is often said 'karate begins and ends with courtesy', Students are expected to be polite and respectful to their sensei (teacher) and fellow students at all times.
Fitness for Karate
Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned fitness fanatic? a bit of fighting can do you no end of good. Not the type of fighting that goes on outside a bar on a Saturday night, but a combat sport like karate. If you're looking to get fit or increase your level of fitness, karate will do the trick. But there are other benefits - karate is great for relieving stress, boosting confidence and will help increase your concentration. And if you get interested in the philosophy behind karate? it could even change your life!
KarateBeijing have children and adults of all ages training at their clubs. You don't have to be particularly fit to take part because the classes have been designed so that students learn a system of self defense whilst getting fit at the same time.
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