KARATE – DO TRAINING
There is an old saying that captures the heart of karate-Do: “Karate begins with a bow and end with a bow”, yet many instructors and students fail to recognize the importance of discipline and respect. They fail to understand the first precept of Master Funakoshi’s Dojo Kun: SEEK PERFECTION OF CHARACTER. Instead only the superficial aspects of karate are taught and practice. Hence the true significance of karate is lost.
Many people have fallen victims to an undisciplined, and over indulgent and stressful society. Disregarding the need for balancing our activities with proper exercise creates obesity, chronic back pain, week and flabby muscles, poor posture, minimal flexibility, lack of endurance, tension, depression and emotional instability.
The coordination and stamina required in executing each karate movement demand the almost from your body, mind and sprit. In time, each part of our body will take a new dimension of conditioning and growth. Serious karate training if is practiced as a traditional martial arts, it is still considered a process by which the karateka (karate student) acquires wisdom for daily living. The Way of karate (Karate Do) is to develop and cultivate the human and individual potential of its practitioners.
Only by combining the four areas of karate, self defense. Physical, mental and spiritual discipline we can find ourselves to be a true practitioners of Karate Do. And only when applying our full concentration to each of these four aspects we could reach our goals and becoming whole. Only then we begin to understand.
Kihon is basics. Basic training is one of the most important aspects of karate development. It is in fact the foundation to karate excellence. Thought the proper practice of basic technique one learns how to develop speed and power and improve balance by correctly aligning the body and the proper coordination of muscles and joints. Kihon practice should be a regular part of the karateka’s training routine.
Kata is a formal exercise. It is a pre-arrange sequence of movements representing a fighting scenario involving many opponents. Pattern, rhythm, timing, tactic, strategy, combinations and footwork are an integral part and many of the elements of attacks and defense encounter in Kata training. Each movement in a Kata has multiple applications. Some are pretty obvious but many are hidden and require explanation. Kata is Karate in its purest form. It permits the practitioner to execute techniques to their fullest without the concern of inflicting damage to someone else. In Shotokan Karate there are many Katas. Some focus on the strengthening of the body while others are intended to develop speed and fighting skills. Most Katas have both of these elements.
Kumite is fighting. It is a very necessary part of karate training. It allows the karate student to test out the effectiveness of the skills learned. Kumite at SKA CANADA is always controlled and never full-contact. The student must learn to execute a technique with speed and power without injuring the partner. When the training partners have the trust in each other ability to control their techniques, Kumite become very exciting and fun. It is most important to hold the utmost respect for his/her partner. Egos must be left outside the door.
In resume, contrary to popular belief, the WAY OF KARATE it’s never rigid and training sessions are never militaristic with constant punishment or rigorous physical exertions. Everything is also about being respectful to each other as we learn the different facets of Karate. The wisest lesson of karate training extends beyond your hands and feet, beyond the Dojo.