Karate: Facts and Benefits
For a long time, the term Karate was synonymous with the term martial arts for many. This small, humble martial art which had originated in the Ryukyu Islands near Japan had a number of interesting aspects to it that it soon came to win the hearts of learners all over the world. By 1960s and 1970s, Karate had become so popular that any striking-based oriental martial art came to be affectionately called Karate at least for a while. Here are some fascinating facts about Karate that hold the key to its popularity:
- The term Karate means the empty hand. The phrase refers to the extremely fast-paced hand and leg movements in the art, which earned it much respect and popularity as a close combat martial art. However, this quick, rapid style also means that Karate can alternate as a very effective self-defense as well as an efficient workout too.
- Karate is an art of respect. If you eve intend to try out Karate in a public platform like a combat or a tournament, you cannot do it without properly knowing and following the etiquettes while facing an opponent. They are not followed for their face value, but they point to an underlying philosophy of mutual courtesy, respect and friendliness that is the foundation on which each combat is built. Kids who train in Karate from young ages therefore imbibe these values and grow up as respectful and courteous individuals.
- The true purpose of Karate is neither to learn to defend ourselves from an opponent, nor to fight him/her for a victory: the real purpose of Karate is to learn to lead a better life. A better life, here, stands for physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually elevated existence. Learning Karate helps you to actualize your life in each of these aspects.
- Karate is an art that has branched off to many styles and variants. The original style which is Japanese in tradition is called the Okinawan style, after the Okinawan Isles where it was born. Today’s learner, however, has a huge variety to choose from, such as Budokan, Kempo (which is popular in the US), Shyto-ryu, Wado-ryu and Kyokushin being some popular variants. Each variant can improve your life in slightly different ways, and under the right consultancy, you can pick the right choice you need while learning Karate.
- It is popular among celebrities. Elvis Presley had a 1st Degree Black Belt in Karate. Madonna too had trained in Karate, along with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie, who had a Black Belt in the art. Karate’s increasing popularity is evident from the fact that it is all set to be an Olympic event from the 2020 Tokyo games onward.
Karate Lessons at Bruce McCorry’s Academy
While there are many places offering Karate lessons, Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA) stands apart among the many competitors. Bruce McCorry’s is the only martial art school where the instructors rely equally on centuries-old inherited martial art wisdom and the cutting edge research going on in modern science regarding martial arts in order to create structured Karate lessons. Taught by teachers who have known their respective art for years,
Karate lessons at Bruce McCorry’s Academy is an experience unto
itself. Seats are available for both children and adults – make the choice today!
Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960
Phone: (978) 535-7878