Health & Fitness

Why Traditional Okinawan Karate?

In its early development, traditional Okinawan karate was strictly a way to protect one’s self and one’s family, as well as the community. Good traditional schools preserve that tradition so that modern practitioners are well able to do the same.

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Karate Teaches Fitness: A Before and After Portrait

My fitness improved considerably just by going to class and advancing through the ranks. I was consistently challenged, but not too much so. As I became an advanced student, I realized the importance of practicing my moves at home and on my own time.

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Confidence and Conversations

Before karate, I lacked confidence. I dreaded when people talked with me. If I didn’t know the person well, I felt uncomfortable, even pained by talking with them.

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Karate Teaches Focus: Here’s How

Karate teaches focus with goals such as belts, stripes, great job tickets, and instruction in goal setting. When students learn to target specific goals, this helps build a focused foundation.

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Martial Arts Teach Peace

The statement that martial arts teach peace may sound self-contradicting. Martial arts are, literally, arts of war. They teach how to fight. But when the teacher of a martial art is following a moral path, they also teach how to prevent conflict and how not to fight.

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Karate Teaches Respect

Karate teaches respect by requiring listening to the instructor and focusing on yourself doing your best. In classes students are required to keep their hands to themselves. When working with partners, students are expected to follow the rules of conduct.

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Karate Safety Systems that Work

Not all martial arts require respect, restraint, or good moral character. Not all schools dictate that in partner training you don’t take advantage of your size when you are bigger. Here are the many proven karate safety systems that our dojo uses.

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Starting Karate: Are you Interested?

Are you interested in starting karate? My husband and I only had a mild interest when we first tried it. Karate hooked us both on day one. Martial arts training has impacted our lives in an unbelievably positive way.

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