When embarking on the journey of learning karate, you must realize how much you learn will depend upon how much you want to learn. You have to be willing to invest time and effort to accomplish your goals. There is no hidden secret which will make you an instant, super Karate Person.
Karate is a fighting art that employs almost all parts of the body in offensive and defensive moves. Karate techniques consist of many individual moves that are practiced as individual techniques and also in combinations. You will learn basic drills for stances, kicking, punching, striking, blocking, combinations of techniques in formal patterns, prearranged attacks and counterattacks, stepping and shifting, etc. Some of the moves are directly applicable to free fighting (Kumite) while others develop basic speed and coordination. One must train and drill extensively until each technique becomes reflexive and speed, power, accuracy, and balance are attained. You must have enough patience to take one step at a time in progressing toward perfection of your techniques as well as your character.
Karate is known as the ultimate in self-defense. There are many benefits that go along with self-defense. They are: physical attainments, agility, balance, speed, power, endurance, patience, respect for others, humility, self-confidence, release of psychological and physiological tension, knowledge of the history of Karate and the Orient, knowledge of Zen philosophy, sportsmanship, opportunities to make new friends, and above all an opportunity to learn Karate as an art.
As Karate students you will realize that we teach Karate techniques (fighting skills) for use only in emergency situations. It is like learning first aid – one does not hope to use this knowledge of first aid constantly. It is for EMERGENCY USE ONLY! Do you realize it takes more courage and patience to walk away from a hostile situation than to lose your temper and fight? Think about it.
The Karate Creed
I come to you with only Karate, empty hands. I have no weapons.
But should I be forced to defend myself, my honor or my principles,
should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong,
then here are my weapons, my empty hands.
The expert will do his best to avoid a fight. He is humble and modest. His mind is empty in the sense of perfect execution without mental obstacles. He learns to defend himself as he strives to perfect himself. He always abides by the Karate Creed.
This then is the spirit of Karate. It has been in existence for many years, has served many men and women, and will continue to provide exercise, defense, and personal satisfaction to its followers.