Karate whose meaning from its origin in Japan means empty hands.It was introduced back when weapons were grounded illegal. Karate as a sport goes way back to the earliest of times and is a sport developed in Japan. Gichin Funakoshi who was the one who started Shotokan karate is respected and held with great esteem for making karate known in many parts of Japan and also Okinawans who were teachers of karate were responsible and largely praised for popularizing karate as a sport and largely taught karate in the birth place of karate which is Japan. There are many types and styles of karate but the earliest styles developed are Shotokan, Wadtaught o-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, and Shio-Ryu. This style finds its origin in Naha.
Karate as a sport has grown wide over years and has been embraced as a sport by assimilation and is what gave birth to kickboxing which is majorly in the western countries and kungfu among the Chinese. Karate was eventually lengthened to karate jutsu which means Chinese hand art but was later changed by Okinawan himself to karate-do to mean empty I write this research hoping to give a clear and detailed work showing on karate as a sport. Karate offlate has won many athletes and countries, for example, China and Japan many medals because of their experiences in Karate and for my research below, I will guide you and show you how karate is a sport.
Karate as a sport
Karate just same to other sports is a very addictive fun and also paying sport. For one to learn karate it takes a series of practice and hard work. Karate is not mainly practiced to harm other opponents but is a way of bringing people close to gether through tournaments and during lessons one is advised not to use karate for the wrong use (Yate). For example getting into fights or getting into fights and hurting other people. Therefore, a game of honor.
The guidelines on how to play karate are very simple and easy to understand but need hard work and determination. The following is some of the basic karate styles and guidelines on how to practice and play.
Getting into a quick warm up. Before one starts practicing karate styles, he or she ?for it fits both agenda” should get into a quick warm-up which involves light jogging on the spot, stretch of body and jumping would help ease muscles hence preventing muscle pull, muscle aches and muscle cramps which can cause you to not continue with your practice thus a major and important step (Wood).
Learning how to do basic paces. A punch is called Chou zuki in Japanese. This is the most suitable and common form of punch because It requires few body movement and it does not use much of bopancesdy part of your body to acquire power and is meant to release tension and make a proper and clear connection and calmness. It involves punching with both your hands but in slow bits in the air. Put the face of all your strength, to your abdomen and slowly moved towards punching turning your wrist and allowing the face of the grip to face downwards.
Blocking techniques. We use our forearm mainly during blocking and for blocking to be successful, you raise your blocked arm, your position being a step in or a step back and move your arm back and forth the opposite direction of the body thus in all moment connecting your attacking arm with the other forearm and for practice put the same back with the other hand.
Upper rising blocking technique. This is a blocking technique, where one hand should be on top of your head or rather a forehead and the other just on the side of your waist. This attains blocking when you switch the position of the two hands with a lightening speed to be opposite which is having the one on the fore head to go to the west and one on the waist to be on the forehead. This blocks any sudden hit from your opponent.
Middle blocking technique. The main posture in this block g technique, is only keeping your arms straight vertically upwards with the ground and having the other hand vertical to about 135 degrees with lightning speed thus repeated doing of this a hight speed lead blockage of abdominal and chest hit (Urban).
Kicking techniques. This is another karate technique which is mostly used when the upper body has been blocked by the opponent or if you don’t have a clear punch. Although karate students have to practice, various types of kicking techniques in relation to the distance between you and your opponent.
Front kick techniqueMae Geri. This kicking technique shows you how to kick with the knuckles in your feets and while raising or throwing your kick you should mainly focus on the joint parts of your opponent and throwing the kick with speed and power resulting to a very deadly strike (Trias). This is mainly used if an opponent is of the same height or taller.
Sidekick technique.This is a type of technique where the kick originates from the side of your foot. The wider the kick during airtime the higher impulsive force due to higher kinetic energy. This kick is majorly used in karate sports because of its efficiency
Roundhouse kick technique.This is a kicking technique where you use the ball on your feet to kick your opponent but slightly different from the front kick because toes should be folded and after the kick the body should move sideways.
Hook kick technique.This is a kicking technique where the first step before kicking is putting your foot apart left foot being backward and the right one being in front. The higher the kick the stronger the impulse will be thus very vital.
Back attack technique. This is a technique that mainly shows how an opponent can be attacked from the back side. This technique is not very different from the hook kick technique (Evans, et al). This is because, as opposed to the front hook kick, the back attacks you elevating your kick but take it from the back making it more fatal.
In karate, a sports one knows the qualification or the level of a person judging from his or her belt. Ranks and levels are obtained mainly through the color belt worn during the sport. The colors used in the representation are yellow, orange, red, green, blue, white and black. White overall represents the starter level and black is the topmost belt. The order of karate belts judging from completion and ranks is as follows, white, yellow, green, blue, purple, red, brown, black.
In the early 1940s, dark shades of color, the move ahead agenda in karate and further dying of belts would show movement ahead agenda with expertise on top. As time went by, new belt colors were introduced and each of the belts stated below have its meaning and these as stated below are the belt colors with their meaning.
White belt.This is the first belt for a newly enrolled karate student and the white in it is used to show birth or the enrollment.
Yellow belt. This is immediately given to you after the first belt, This belt is given to students who after they have completed a set task or examination and symbolizes that now the student is open-minded for the other techniques and has been shed light on what karate is.
Orange belt. This is the third level and the belt was given is orange. This symbolises that the student is learning more techniques expanded his or her knowledge of karate a sport.
Greenbelt.This is the fourth level belt with its color being green. This shows how the students have grasped vast knowledge of karate and can be symbolized as the penetration of roots and stem in a plant to light.
Blue belt.This is the fifth level belt. This is proof that you are a mature karate sports student and this is where most of the people start participating in tournaments. It can be symbolized to a plant growing.
Purple belt.This belt is a belt showing a seriousness of the student and one does own it for long. It is a transition belt and shows that the student has vast knowledge of karate.
Brown belt. This is the seventh belt. This belt shows pride to the students having the belt and can be symbolized as a fully grown plant waiting to be harvested.
Red belt. This belt shows how the student posses vast and deep knowledge of Karate and the student is always the right-hand assistant to the sensei who is their master.
Black belt. This is the upmost be belt among all belts and possession of such a belt can grant a person powers to be master or sensei and can teach other students about karate.
Karate a sport has many lovers. For one to own a black belt, it takes upmost determination and hard work. From the body we can see various ways in which karate is practiced and the steps followed in order for one t step from a white belt to a black belt.
From this research one can learn that karate is a sport that is practiced by few this is due to its need for hard work and sometimes can be very dangerous since it can cause fatal injuries all in all it is not very dangerous but one takes precautions and follow the rules stated one of them being them being not hitting your opponent up neck or close to the reproductive organs
Karate is a good sport and once which teach you the values of discipline in that for one to advance from level to level one should follow the rules stated in that one should not break any rules for example on beating up of innocent people and practicing your karate for the wrong use
Finishing up I would like all advice you to try this interesting game or sport since it is enriched with lots of advice teachings and discipline as you climb from the white belt level to the black belt level.
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