Frequently Asked Questions About Karate
“I want to learn self defense. Is this a good style to learn that”?
This is a very good and complicated question. We look at self-defense as more of an attitude issue than a physical one. Attitude, training and commitment are the keys to self-defense and survival. When there is no escape one must attack and not defend. This means 100% response and not casual resistance. Good karate training is not performing choreographed self-defense scenarios; this only promote a false sense of confidence. Karate and most martial arts give you the tools and techniques but it is up to the individual on how to utilize them. Encounters must first be met with a willingness to survive, then to get away from the situation, and not stay and fight. Here is a variation of an old martial arts proverb which relates to training. We hope students will understand: “The more a person sweats the less likely they are to bleed.”
“Why should I start karate training?”
There are many benefits from karate. First of all there are the physical benefits. Karate training enhances strength, coordination, breathing, stamina, balance, and flexibility. Second, regular karate training can help cognitive processing as the need for self-awareness and outer focus during training is continuous. Last, but not least, are the emotional benefits that one can gain from karate training. This includes, but is not limited to, increased discipline, confidence and stress reduction. Physical effort and mental concentration are necessary in learning karate but the rewards are life changing and forever. The learning never stops. Even the most advanced karateka discover something new through diligent training. Above all, karate training is a commitment to the Self, to improve both mentally and physically.
“I have some physical problems which might impede me in trying any rigorous training for over an hour. I want to try karate but I don’t know if I can do it”
If you feel you have some physical issues which might impede your training, we urge you to come and observe a class, discuss your questions with an instructor, consult your healthcare provider, and then make a decision. It has been our experience that with proper instruction one will be surprised with what they can accomplish.
“I used to be in good shape but I’m not anymore. I’m also older. Can I still practice and learn karate?”
Class curriculum is designed in such a manner that all individuals can discover benefit. This applies to anyone: old or young, able bodied or physically challenged. Anyone who trains can see progress and success and therefore reap the rewards and benefits of hard work. Through basic karate training one can see both cognitive and physical skills develop and the body transformed. There are two valuable benefits from karate training: 1) Understanding what it is to be a good healthy person, and 2) Understanding how the body feels when it works hard.