Karate can also be described as a martial art, or fighting method, involving a variety
of techniques, including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint
manipulations. Karate practice is divided into three aspects: kihon (basics),
kata (forms), and kumite (sparring). The word karate is a combination
of two Japanese characters: kara, meaning empty, and te, meaning hand;
thus, karate means "empty hand." Adding the suffix "-do"
(pronounced "doe"), meaning "way," i.e., karate-do,
implies karate as a total way of life that goes wellbeyond the self-defense
applications. In traditional karate-do, we always keep in mind that the
true opponent is oneself.
Karate-do instills mutual respect, courage and other important life skills. This
is why many parents put their children in a martial art study at one time
or another. Karate will also assist children greatly with many sports.
(right) National Champion 2008!
Aiki-jitsu, Ju-jitsu and Judo
Aiki-jitsu is a general budosport, several aspects of different sport are combined
(such as ju-jitsu, karate, aikido). Although this sport is titled as 'self-defense'
it is more than that. Karate & Aiki-Jitsu will improve muscle tone,
endurance, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination, etc
importantly students are taught to achieve a balance between confidence
Aiki-jitsu is a Japanese martial arts system that was developed from the Samurai's
need for a way to defend themselves when unarmed.