Learning Karate as a powerful martial art means more showmanship. Oom Yung Doe teaches effective Karate.

Origins of Karate

Karate has its origins as a common fighting system among the Pechin class (similar to samurai) of the Ryukyu Kingdom. This is now part of modern Okinawa, Japan. Ryukyu was heavily influenced by China for centuries. As early as 1372 some Chinese martial arts were being taught in the kingdom. The political environment and the banning of weapons spurred the development of unarmed fighting techniques. As part of an ongoing cultural exchange with China, Kung Fu (particularly Fujian White Crane) was introduced to Ryukyu and had a significant impact on the evolution of Karate.

Modern Karate was not really practiced in its current form until the 20th century. Today there remain many forms of Karate, some very traditional and true to their roots some with a greater sports emphasis. The major traditional styles are Shotokan, Shito Ryu, Goju Ryu, and Wado Ryu.

An English translation of Karate is “empty hand”, meaning without weapon or unarmed.

Characteristics of Karate

Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. In comparison to Taekwondo, this style tends to focus more on hand strikes, whereas Taekwondo emphasizes kicking techniques.

Blocks and attacks are both hard and linear and are capable of shattering an attacker. The student learns to put their maximum speed and strength into the most direct path of an attack or block. Practitioners kick powerfully to the front, side, and rear in the blink of an eye, surging through defenses rather than manipulating through them.

Practice of Karate

The practice of Karate schools differ, some place an emphasis on self-development (budō, Chinese moodoe), self-defense or tournaments. Traditional karate lessons weight self-development more heavily, whereas modern Japanese karate classes tends to emphasizes psychological elements such as perseverance, fearlessness, virtue, and leadership.

Karate at Oom Yung Doe

Oom Yung Doe teaches 8 complete martial arts as a single curriculum. This results in greater, more comprehensive development and richer self-defense skills. We teach Karate both for self-improvement and for self-defense. Students develop stronger muscles and better reaction time. They gain confidence, learn deep determination, and leadership experience.

For most of Karate’s history, it has been practiced chiefly by adults. It was an adult martial art. Beginning in the 1900s, schools evolved into primarily a teen martial arts program and a child martial arts program. At Oom Yung Doe, we have preserved the qualities of Karate lessons that make it an adult martial art, while delivering a great experience for teens and children also.

Karate is integral to our adult martial arts program, our teen martial arts program, and our children’s martial arts program.

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