Benefits of Karate
- Gain self confidence
- Improves concentration, focus, discipline and respect
- Make new friends
- Excellent for losing weight
- Flexibility will improve with regular stretching
- Learn how to co-ordinate both mind and body
- Regular exercise helps to strengthen the heart and lungs leading to a longer life
- Excellent for self defence
- Gives you a challenge in life
Shotokan Karate is ideal for children, it teaches self discipline and respect for others. It builds confidence and is a good form of self defence. For over active children it can channel excess energy into a constructive learning process. It enhances co-ordination and strength.
Shotokan Karate is suitable for everyone regardless of age. Karate training methods improve and maintain good circulation, increases your stamina, strength and fitness. It exercises both mind and body which is so important as we get older. It can help you manage the stresses of everyday life.
Is there an age limit?
Never. People have gained their black belts after 60 and have practised the art into their 80s. Older people, both men and women, receive the same training as younger people, although naturally the instructor will not expect them to progress as quickly and will not demand the same level of endurance.
For those with problems with co-ordination or learning
Developmental co-ordination is fairly common, with 5-10% of school aged children suffering from it in some form. Many adults also suffer with similar problems. Anyone with co-ordination disabilities feel awkard and clumsy when carrying out physical activities, and find it difficult to learning new movements.
Karate is beneficial to those with co-ordination issues because it mainly contains a series of repeated techniques that the student practices on their own. Unlike other sports it does not generally involve the interaction of other factors, such as a partner trying to tackle a ball from them. Karate can also improve balance and posture.
The structured and repetitive nature of karate can be satisfying for those people on the Autistic spectrum. It has been proven to improve their social and play skills and eye co-ordination.
For further information visit these sites:
- Dyspraxia Foundation – Martial Arts Factsheet
- Autism Key – ‘Martial Arts Proven Beneficial for Individuals with Autism’ Article
- Challenge Autism – ‘Martial Arts Help Children with Asperger Syndrome’ Article
If you, or your child, suffer from learning or co-ordination disabilities why not see what benefits karate can bring.
Karate is addictive and may become a way of life!