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Benefits of Karate

Karate is suitable for the whole family; boys, girls, men and women of all ages as well as individuals who have special needs. Karate can help to develop an individual’s self-confidence, self-awareness and self-control, as well as improve fitness, strength, flexibility, concentration and co-ordination, as well as being great fun!

Karate is exciting, interesting, useful and fun to learn and more than ever the youth of today need something positive, motivating and rewarding in order to give them an alternative to spending hours in front of the TV screen,  games console or stop them from getting into trouble on the streets.  Karate offers a variety of benefits for both kids and adults:  

Physical Fitness:

Karate training can improve a multitude of physical attributes including:

    - Flexibility & suppleness

    - Speed

    - Strength

    - Stamina

    - Co-ordination

    - Balance

    - Posture

    - Mobility

    - Body toning & muscle conditioning

    - Improve basic motor skills

    - Cardiovascular performance

    - Weight loss

Mental Fitness:

The various aspects of karate training can provide significant psychological and behavioural benefits including improvements to:

    - Self-confidence

    - Self-esteem

    - Self-control

    - Self-awareness & presence

    - Esteem and respect for others

    - Stimulation or hyper-activity levels

    - Stress levels

    - Concentration & focus

    - Attention span

    - Memory retention

    - Dedication 

    - Social skills & interaction with others

Studies have also shown that children who take up karate have subsequently seen a marked improvement in their academic performance as well as helping sufferers of ADHD (Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder). 

Self-Defence:

The most common reasons for learning karate is to learn how to protect yourself whether it is against bullying, physical assault, psychological assault or in a life threatening situation. Karate is not just about how to kick and punch effectively; it also places an equal emphasis on the state of mind; after all it is preferable not to fight if it can be avoided. The use of physical violence should only be used as a last resort but if you are unlucky enough to find yourself needing to use it then it is surely better to be prepared as much as possible.  A true karateka (practitioner) would try to avoid conflict wherever possible, but if circumstances prevent this from happening then they would be well prepared to take appropriate and decisive action when needed. Despite what is portrayed in the movies and on TV, most fights are typically very chaotic, scrappy and over very quickly as opposed to long drawn out conflicts of stamina!  Karate focuses on being able to quickly stop an aggressor with minimal overall effort by using few decisive techniques which are easier to rely on in the heat of the moment than multiple, complex combinations which are impractical in a real conflict situation.  

Discipline & Respect

Martial arts can be dangerous if not practiced in a controlled and safe environment; consequently it is important that all students obey the instructors and comply with the club rules for the safety and benefit of all concerned. Classes are formal and students are required to show respect to others at all times with the goal of becoming good role models both in and outside the dojo. Students are also taught how to avoid trouble, remain in control and not react to provocation.

Challenge & Achievement:

Karate offers a wide range of challenges at all levels; whether it’s learning a new technique, a new kata, Japanese words or simply trying to kick above waist high. Demonstrating in front of the class, teaching junior grades, attending courses or entering competitions are all ways of how students can build their self-confidence and self-esteem whilst giving a great sense of achievement and satisfaction.