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There are many benefits of training in karate. Physically it enhances strength, coordination, stamina, balance and flexibility. Regular exercise can improve both the quality and longevity of your life and make you feel happier and more alert. There is also evidence that exercise can help cognitive brain function.
With continued Karate training, you will gain.
Karate trains the mind as well as the body, resulting in improved self-awareness, discipline, confidence and will power. Not only will you have the peace of mind that you can defend yourself, but your confidence will help you to tackle all life throws at you.
We teach traditional Wado Karate in a safe, friendly and respectful environment. Wado Kai is a traditional, defensive style of karate which focuses on technique and using the opponent's force against themselves. Our syllabus, from is structured and progressive to allow you to develop in easy steps.
The teaching focuses on the following main areas:
Kata - 'Form'
Ji Yu Kumite
When you start karate you will need to wear loose clothing so that you are able to move around freely. Suitable clothing would consist of jogging/ tracksuit trousers, and a T-shirt. It is important that whatever you choose to wear is both comfortable and suitable for physical activity.
When you are confident that you want to continue with karate training you can purchase yourself a 'gi', which is the cotton jacket and trousers worn in karate.
The instructorsare insured and registered with ONAKAI and are high grade instructors with many years of training. With Garda vetting.
Most people are unfit when they start karate and often it's the reason why they take it up in the first place. We offer person centered training, so your fitness (or lack of!) will not prevent you from enjoying and developing in karate.
Wado Karate is a softer style of karate which focuses on technique and less on physical strength, making it ideal for all fitness levels.
As with all sports its recommended that you consult you GP first if you have any concerns about your current level of fitness/health.
You are never too old to start Karate; there are many older karate-ka (one who practices karate) including some Japanese masters who practice well in to their 80's and 90's.
We believe in adjusting the way that you practice karate to suit your body so you're not expected to perform like a 21 year old athlete if you're in your fifties. If you are over 35 and have not exercised in a while, or have any concerns about your current level of fitness/health it is recommended that you check with your GP prior to training.
Karate is one of the best activities a child can practice, with the degree of discipline, respect and etiquette taught in the class the child will learn to accept more responsibilities, become more aware and confident. Add to this fitness and the ability to be able to stand up for themselves, you can see why so many parents enrol their children in karate classes.
Children from 7 years of age are accepted and we have a good mix of boys and girls.
We have a separate class for children which is designed to cater for their attention spans, physical limitations and their ability to take new things on board.
The main aim of the children's class is to teach the principles of karate and self defence, for them to get some exercise and to work within structured groups following instructions from an adult. Over a period of time it also has a positive influence on their self discipline and attention spans.
Wado is a softer style of karate which focuses on technique rather than physical strength, this makes it an ideal style for women.
You will learn to use the strong parts of you body against the weak parts of your attackers, along with ways of using your whole body to defeat an opponent rather than using strength alone.
Karate also exercises and tones up the entire body helping you look and feel great whilst increasing your confidence and awareness.
The ability to defend oneself from attack is dependent on many factors and the longer you train, the more able you will become.
Basic sparring and pair work is worked on during the early stages of karate. Free sparring or Kumite is looked at when you are more advanced. The main reason for this is that good basic technique is a prerequisite to effective free sparring and too much free sparring tends to create bad habits in basic technique.
Beginners occasionally free spar, but typically it is with senior students as partners or under controlled conditions. This is primarily for safety reasons - the senior students won't Hit because they have learned to control their techniques, and no matter how unpredictable your technique is, you probably won't be able to hurt them!
Kumite is only a small part of karate training and if you don't want to participate or focus on Kumite (free fighting), no one will force you.
No, but you can if you want to. The association has done very well in recent competitions and has regular training for competition.
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