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How To Learn The Basics of Karate


Introducation ď‚Ą

The philosophy behind karate is vast and complex. It stems from thousands of years of armed and unarmed combat. Techniques that were perfected hundreds of years ago are still being perfected over and over again by each new generation. Buddhism, Taoism, and the code of Bushido have all played parts in the development of the martial arts philosophy.


How to Teach Yourself the Basics of Karate  Meditate  Warm up  Stretch  Get the basic stances down  Be aware of your balance  Concentrate on your power and speed  Practice kicking  Practice all kata (literally, "practice form") over

and over


Meditate ď‚Ą

Clear your mind of all thoughts; concentrate on breathing in through the nose, out through the mouth; steady deep breaths and a clear mind will prepare you to learn Karate. There is no time limit, but meditating for at least 5 minutes should clear your thoughts enough to allow you to concentrate. And yes, meditating can definitely enhance your fighting skills!


Warm up ď‚Ą

Start off by running in place or around the block for about 5 minutes; plus about 5 minutes (or 20 reps each) of push-ups, sit-ups (or crunches), leg lifts, and reverse push-ups.


Stretch ď‚Ą

Stretching all major muscle groups first is essential for a loose and limber body; get a book on stretching if you do not already know what stretching exercises to do. In Karate, stretching the legs is crucial to keep yourself injury-free.


Get the Basic Stances Down ď‚Ą

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you wanna get to the fun stuff. Unfortunately, your kicks, strikes, and blocks will not be effective if you don't have your stance right. You wouldn't expect to be a great baseball player if you held your bat the wrong way, would you? Nope. The basics are what truly make a great karateka.


Be aware of Your Balance ď‚Ą

Karate isn't exactly something drunk people would be good at, and for good reason -- it takes an immense ability to balance. That's part of the reason the stances are so important! They center your body, allowing you to be fluid while simultaneously strong. But that strength you feel in your stance can't disappear when you start kicking!


Concentrate on Your Power and Speed ď‚Ą

There are plenty of people (read: gym rats) who lift hundreds and hundreds of pounds but yet would not excel at karate. It is not about muscle -- it's about power and speed.


Practice Kicking ď‚Ą

Ten repetitions of any kick will suffice in strengthening your legs. Focus beyond the target for maximum power, but practice the flow of motion to gain graceful fluidity in your movements; like a swan; power will follow.


Practice all Kata (literally, “Practice form") Over and Over ď‚Ą

Focus on one kata in particular for that session. Once you have it, you can move on. It's important to focus on lower level kata as well as higher level to refine and improve.


Who I Am‌ 

Sijo Larry Sanders is a martial art expert who provides the useful tips of Karate through which you can boost your focus, memory and concentration.


Sijo Larry Sanders - How To Learn The Basics of Karate  

Here Sijo Larry Sanders has discussed the useful tips of karate and its benefits which will provide the help to improve your confidence, foc...

Sijo Larry Sanders - How To Learn The Basics of Karate  

Here Sijo Larry Sanders has discussed the useful tips of karate and its benefits which will provide the help to improve your confidence, foc...

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