First, Karate is an extremely efficient form of physical conditioning that can be practiced by women, children and men of all ages and abilities. It develops aerobic fitness by raising the heart rate into the training zone and keeping it there for significant intervals. Strength is developed progressively through exercises using the body’s own weight. Emphasis is also placed on developing and maintaining flexibility through progressive stretching of major muscle groups. In our system, every student is asked to constantly give 100% in his/her training, recognising the individual’s own capacities and limitations. Training is done only under the supervision of certified black belt instructors.
Secondly, Karate is the most efficient form of self defence, which is the very important in today’s urban society. Students learn basic kicks, punches and blocks that develop self-confidence. Beyond that, they learn specific combinations of techniques that are applied in specific situations. Students are also taught to develop an inner awareness for avoiding potentially threatening situations.
Finally, the study of Karate develops discipline and concentration, skills that are useful for children, students, men and women in all walks of life. Students usually notice subtle changes in the way of they do their work or in the way they study. If one practices sincerely and regularly, in time, these benefits flow almost automatically, without conscious effort.
These are the direct, tangible benefits of studying our Karate, and they are all highly relevant to the needs of people living in Singapore today. Don’t study Karate to achieve these benefits, though. If you practice in a sincere manner, regularly; these things will come along the way.
The main thing is to begin; once a student has begun the study of Karate, the only thing is to practice, to continue. The rest will become apparent to you, and to you alone.