The public exposure to karate is often limited to movies like The Karate Kid or Kung Fu Panda. You may know a bit more if you know someone that does karate or if you do karate yourself. Karate is one of the most popular forms of martial arts. You can find martial arts studios in Alpharetta that teach individuals of all ages about the benefits of karate. What you may not know is where exactly karate comes from and how it became to be such a popular form of martial arts in America. At Karate Atlanta, we love and appreciate the exciting history of karate that has made it what it is today.
To begin, we first must know what the term “martial arts” means. Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices. They are practiced for many purposes including physical health and fitness, self-defense, competition, and entertainment. They are also practiced to develop yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually.Karate was developed from the indigenous martial arts on the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan, with some influence from Chinese martial arts. The practice of karate was brought to mainland Japan in the early 20th century during a period of cultural exchanges between China and Japan. Restrictions on weaponry also increased its popularity. Gichin Funakoshi is typically given credit for both introducing and popularizing karate on the mainland of Japan. He sought to modernize the practice of karate. Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, developed the standard use of the white uniform and colored belts.
WHAT OUR CHILDREN CAN LEARN FROM THE KARATE KID MOVIE
Posted: December 15, 2015
As one of the most iconic movies of the 1980s, The Karate Kid is full of life lessons that anyone would be smart to take to heart. But especially if your child is about to take up karate here at Karate Atlanta or any other studio, it is important they know that it won’t only help them become a better athlete, but a better human being. Here are 5 life lessons kids can learn from The Karate Kid.
Take a Stand
When Mr. Miyagi asks Daniel if he wanted to start learning karate, he responded with, “I guess so.” Mr. Miyagi told him that it’s fine to walk down the right side of the road and it’s fine to walk down the left side of the road. But if you walk down the middle, you’ll eventually get squished.It’s important to make a decision and stick by it, constantly striving to accomplish your goals and stand up for what you believe in.
BASIC KARATE MOVES TO KNOW
Posted: December 11, 2015
Do you want to have a basic knowledge of simple karate moves? It can come in handy and is useful to know even though you hope you never have to use them. Here are a few basic moves you should know.
Before doing any actual karate moves, it all starts with the proper stance. You must be stable and have a proper relationship between your feet and the floor. In order to do any other moves efficiently, your body must be completely balanced.
WHY IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT WOMEN KNOW SELF-DEFENSE
Posted: December 10, 2015
Women have some specific disadvantages when they are in public. It is difficult to acknowledge this, but having full awareness that you have a greater chance than a man does of being victimized in public helps you to make bold steps to address this issue and protect yourself. While none of us want to believe that we may have to defend ourselves against a harasser, attacker, or other aggressive offender, it is important for all of us to defend ourselves. Women have even more of a reason to do so. Thankfully, Alpharetta self-defense for women can be taught with close instruction, detailed demonstration, practice, and complex techniques in a formal setting.
If you are a woman or are concerned about the safety of your female friend, wife, girlfriend, sister, or daughter, then take note of the following reasons why women must know some form of self-defense such as karate:
1. Women Are Targeted
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED
Posted: December 09, 2015
It is never easy to see your child going through major life struggles. Sadly, one of the most common issues facing young children at school is bullying. The negative physical and emotional repercussions of this kind of treatment can lead to lasting harm. We at Karate Atlanta have some tips for you if your child is being bullied.
Get All the Facts
With the term “bullying” being thrown around so much, some people are accused of being bullies who really aren’t. If your child claims to have been bullied, make sure to get all the facts of the situation. Find out if your child had shown any signs of aggression before the bad behavior began. Find out who was involved and what caused the altercations. The more you know about the situation, the better equipped you will be to handle it in a healthy way.