We all feel it. As we get older the responsibilities begin to mount up and the body does not move quite like it used to. The more we have to do at work, at home or for the family, the less time we have for ourselves. And what is it that usually suffers first? The amount of exercise we do, which all affect our mental, physical and emotional health.
Karate is an ideal sport for adults because it trains a person for self-defence while providing a full-body workout. It also serves to develop self-confidence and is an excellent form of stress release. Being an individual form of exercise, participants can work at their own pace, which is great for those who haven’t exercised in some time.
While self-defence courses may teach someone the basic skills for self-defence, all studies show conclusively that in self-defence situations a person is rarely able to access their conscious mind and instead relies purely on instinct. This is where karate becomes so valuable for self-defence.
The techniques practised in karate are not complicated and do not require physical strength. Those taught are simple and proven as effective, and practised each week until they become instinctive. Once this instinctive ability is reached, more techniques are added to one’s repertoire.
As the legs are stronger than the arms and possess more reach, students are taught various kicks that strike out to the front, side and rear. Therefore students are also taught to effectively use their palms, backs of hands and elbows as weapons.