What is Karate?
Karate-do means “the way of the empty hand”.
No weapons are used to attack and defend: only the hands, feet and body.
Karate is a martial art and system of self-defence.
A way of life which teaches discipline, respect, strength, speed, focus and control.
The JKA method aims to unite body, mind and spirit.
Who can practice Karate
Do I need to be in excellent physical shape to start Karate?
Karate will gradually improve fitness as you progress.
The JKA traditional focus on the basics and the correct form make it very easy for all ages and levels beginners to train together yet still progress at their own level of fitness and expertise.
Your pace will advance as your fitness improves and techniques are developed.
This is why Karate is a fantastic family activity too.
Karate helps build confidence, focus, clear thinking and decisiveness
Karate has strong internal benefits, helping instil patience, discipline, perseverance, understanding and open-mindedness. It builds confidence, develops self control and increases calmness, courtesy and people. All which will aid students in everyday life.
Physically karate is excellent for the heart, builds strong bones and bigger muscles, creates resilience and makes the body less susceptible to sickness and injury.
This adds a strong foundation to their character and brings them balance and perspective at an age where theses are needed most.
How long does it take to learn Karate?
There is no limit to mastering Katate.
There are benchmarks along the way through a series of coloured belt levels 9th to 1st kyu, followed by 9 black belts (1st to 10th Dan).
All students start as a white belt (10th Kyu) and then progress through the 9 examinations before being eligible to grade for 1st Dan Black Belt.
At higher levels of training it takes several years to attain each Dan grade and a lesson is realised that karate is not just something to be learned but something to be lived.