JKA Shotokan Karate
KARATE is a martial art and system of self-defence that originated hundred of years ago in Okinawa, but was greatly influenced by an even older tradition from China. Literally "Karate-do" means "the way of the empty hand", referring to the fact that its practitioners use no weapons to attack and defend, but only the hands, feet and body. Karate is founded on a grand philosophical and spiritual tradition based on Bushido and Zen Buddhist principles. Throuhg hard training and practice, karate develops not only the body, but also the mind and character.
AT THE OASIS a typical training session consists of a warm-up and stretching, followed by basic punches and stances. We build up to more complex combinations of punches, blocks and kicks in a formal structured manner.
For each grade one learns a KATA which is a set routine of punches, blocks and kicks. The techniques become clear with time and practice.
We first learn how to attack and defend in a set format. KUMITE or sparring becomes freer when one has acquired enough experience and knowledge of the initial formal routines.
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