Karate which means “empty handed”, is a form of fighting that originated on the Japanese island of Okinawa. It is a form of martial art that focuses on developing muscular power and speed. Along with the mastery of breaking and throwing techniques.
By practicing karate children get to understand that their own physicality is not a tool that can be used to inflict harm on others, but rather can be used to defend one’s self against any attacks. Karate also offers a wide variety of exercise benefits. One hour of karate a day, burns calories and can also assist one in improving their health. Karate is also linked to improved cardiovascular health, reduce stress and builds strength which is something we tend to need a lot as we age. There are also multiple mental benefits that come with participating in karate.
Karate improves one’s confidence, level of discipline and conditions the body. These are benefits that one could use in their everyday life. The best part about karate is that it’s a fun sport. Time will pass with you learning without you noticing that time has passed, as a result making you feel good. Karate benefits kids greatly at every aspect of their lives be it physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. Karate training allows children to learn to show up on time, to respect their teacher, partners and opponents. They are also taught to train hard, to live a healthy lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol. These good habits end up becoming a legacy on these kids.
Goals are the meaning of our lives without them life is seemingly meaningless. Karate helps an individual to set goals. During every session in the dojo, karatekas move closer to their personal goals, this could be fitness goals or achieving their black belt.