Karate is not just what we do in
the dojo, nor is it just self-defense. An important part of Karate
training is applying the lessons we learn to our daily lives.
And, for me, Karate should not be the best thing that you do. If you are good at Karate and bad at everything else, then what kind of Karate student are you? But if you are great at everything else and good at Karate, then what a Karate student you are!
As a "Sensei", an important part of my "job" is to encourage students to strive for the best in their lives. Karate training is hard. Life is much harder. If you can learn to discipline yourself for the rigors of Karate training, then perhaps you can apply that same discipline to other aspects of your life. If you can be polite and respectful in the dojo, then you can do the same in school and work. Karate should help you in your life.
Charles C. Goodin
Posted by Charles C. Goodin on Saturday,
January 30, 2016
Karate is primarily a striking art that teaches practitioners to utilize punches, kicks, knees, elbows, and open hand strikes to disable opponents. Beyond this, karate teaches practitioners to blocks strikes and breath properly.
Most styles of karate also extend into throws and joint locks, with the extent of this dependent upon the style. Weapons are utilized in most styles as well. Interestingly, these weapons are often farm tools, as the use of them originated during a time when weapons were banned in Okinawa by invaders. By using farm tools, Okinawans did not bring attention to the fact that they were practicing to defend themselves.
The basic goal of karate is self-defense. It teaches practitioners to block the strikes of opponents and then disable them quickly with pinpoint strikes. When takedowns are employed within the art, these tend to be used to set up finishing strikes.
There are different styles of Karate such as Budokan, Goju-ryu, Kempo, Kyokushin, Shyto-ryu, Shorin-ryu, Shotokan, Wado-ryu. Though Karate is clearly the most popular of the Japanese Martial Arts, it is not the only one; other Martial Arts that are practiced: Iaido, AIkido, Judo, Jujutsu.