How To Learn Karate?
I have heard there are people attempting to learn karate at home, is this true? There is some great karate for begginers information online, so if you are contenplating starting karate, find it out. With some online tutorials, you will be able to understand what to expect if you attend a karate club. Follow this link for some free Karate for beginners videos.
But if you have some video instruction, I only recommend using them at the same time you attend classes conducted by a qualified karate instructor and the moves you practice, will be basics (kihon) or forms (kata).
The karate we have today, is very different from the karate, say one hundred years ago, karate is continually evolving and will continue to do so. There are thousands of karate for beginners classes starting every day, where people, young and old start to learn karate for the first time.
Karate classes usually start with a warm up, followed by a full body stretch. This alone is great for health and well being, keeping the body soft and supple is a fantastic thing, especially in your later years.
Next will come basic karate moves (kihon), blocking, punching, kicking, etc. These are practiced on the spot, or stepping forward, back and even at different angles in the many varied karate stances (dachi). These are the techniques you will be able to practice at home and get an idea of what karatedo (the way of karate) is all about.
So karate class training has the warm up and stretch, basics (kihon), next comes sparring (kumite). Now the word sparring is used loosely in karate because it usually means anytime you partner up to practice karate techniques. So, when karateka partner up, it is usually reffered to as sparing, even if it is something simple like a small self defense move. People worry about the kumite or sparring aspect of karate, but there is no need to worry!
Karate classes always start with a good warm up and stretch, after this, karate moves (kihon), kumite (sparring) and kata (forms), are practiced. Karate kata are long combinations of karate kicks, punches and strikes, that are all put together to form what looks like a fighting dance.
To explain kata fully will need an article all on it's own, but to me kata is the most important element of karatedo. They say, kumite is the spirit of karate, but kata is the soul! Which I also believe.
So if you are practicing karate moves at home, trying to get a feel for karate, I wish you luck and urge you to attend a karate for beginners class as soon as possible. Good luck with your journey in the wonderful world that is karatedo! Ossu Learn Karate At Home