The Benefits of Karate

 

For Children

Keeping Fit

Child obesity is an enormous problem throughout the world, and the epidemic is only set to get worse. Karate provides a great all over body workout, forcing participants to use muscles that are rarely exercised.

Great for Social Skills

Social skills is a crucial aspect of childhood and a lack of it can really show and affect children as they grow older. Karate, with its team work and skill sharing, is one of the activities that encourages and promotes this in a healthy way.

Teamwork

Teamwork is something required in school, the workplace and everyday life. Karate is impossible without effective teamwork, encouraging children to develop necessary skills.

Boosts Self-Esteem

Many children suffer from lack of self-esteem, however confident they may appear. Karate is rewarding in every sense, and awards and competitions will help to boost their self-esteem and confidence.

Increase in Discipline

With discipline being such a leading factor in Karate it is easy for this routine to cross over into everyday life, ensuring better practices and attitude when dealing with all manner of situations. 

Target Setting

Karate is all about self-improvement and growing within the sport, and so target setting and achieving goals plays a big part.

Self-Defence

Through the sport, children will learn how to practice self-defence in a safe and controlled way, allowing them to protect themselves if ever in danger.

Enhancing Listening Skills

Karate is one of the few sports that requires as much listening and paying attention as it does physical activity.

Improves Concentration

The modern world presents many problems for concentration and focus, with distractions everywhere. Each session of Karate requires concentration.

Learning Respect

Getting children to understand the notion of respect for others and their elders is no easy task, but Karate certainly helps, emphasising its value.

For Adults

Physical Fitness

Karate is a fun way to help stay in shape – adults who take up a Karate have less body fat than those with a more sedentary lifestyle.

Self-Defence

Those who take up Karate can use their confidence and awareness of their surroundings as well as, if necessary, their balance, agility and skills to avoid physical confrontations by quickly recognising potentially problematic situations and preventing them from escalating.

De-Stress

Karate help to reduce stress and lessen tension by giving an opportunity to relieve the anxiety built up during day to day life.

Productivity

Karate make participants more productive – hard physical exertion releases endorphins which keeps the brain functioning well.

Family Activity

Because all people can take part in Karate, it’s a wonderful way for parents to spend more time with their partner and their children.

Self-Confidence

The enhanced level of self-esteem which comes with taking part in Karate can help participants in their career and personal life, as they look at challenges in a more positive fashion.

Respect for Others

Karate has a strict set of rules which require the participant to be courteous to those around them. An adherence to etiquette is vital.

Discipline

Forget social networks and text messaging – training in Karate develops focus and improves levels of concentration through rhythmic breathing exercises.

Coordination

Physical coordination tends to improve rapidly in adults who take up a Karate – many of the techniques which must be learnt are complicated, and require hours of practice to perfect.