Karate Classes in Dudley, Halesowen & Stourbridge
Improve your child’s fitness with Karate lessonsKarate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, as well as open-handed techniques.
Karate was developed in Japan from indigenous fighting methods called te meaning literally "hand” and Chinese kenpō.
The traditional aspects of Karate include high levels of respect and discipline. Practice often involves pre-set forms or drills known as ‘Katas’ to achieve physical competence through continued repetition.
Karate uses belted grading process for recognising achievement. You training at Martial Art Concepts will follow an important structured curriculum.
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The benefits of Karate
One of the best things about Karate is that it’s so fun to learn. You’ll be enjoying yourself so much that you don’t realise how many calories you’ve burnt or how much muscle you’ve gained.
- Improve your physical and mental health
- Increase your confidence and grow your self-esteem
- Improve your child’s school performance with better energy, focus and concentration
- Master self-protection skills to keep you safe
- Learn in a sociable environment with friends.
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The history of Karate
Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom prior to its 19th century annexation by Japan. It was brought to the Japanese mainland in the early 20th century during a time of cultural exchanges between the Japanese and the Ryukyuans. In 1922, the Japanese Ministry of Education invited Gichin Funakoshi to Tokyo to give a karate demonstration and, by 1924, Keio University established the first university karate club in Japan.
In 1932, all major Japanese universities had karate clubs and in this era of escalating Japanese militarism, the name was changed from "Chinese hand" to "empty hand" - both of which are pronounced karate - to indicate that the Japanese wished to develop the combat form in Japanese style.
After the Second World War, Okinawa became an important United States military site and karate became popular among servicemen stationed there. Later the martial arts movies of the 1960s and 1970s served to greatly increase its popularity and the word "karate" began to be used in a generic way to refer to all striking-based Oriental martial arts.
Karate schools began appearing across the world, catering for those with casual interests as well as those seeking a deeper study of the art.