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THE ART OF KARATE-DO

Hello everyone, in this publication we will talk about karate-do, better known as karate to dry. Why make this publication now? The reason is that David practices karate since age 5 and last weekend had the honor of participating in the University Spain Championship.

To begin we wanted to say that it is a millenary martial art and originally from the island of Okinawa (Japan), if we look for its meaning ‘Karate’ is translated as an empty hand and ‘do’ is a path, therefore, it would be the path of the hand empty, since it does not use any type of weapon. This martial art is based on movements and combat techniques that can be used in a dangerous situation, so it is important to emphasize that this type of discipline is dangerous if used for harmful purposes. This earring also tries to inculcate diverse values ​​such as respect, humility, courtesy, discipline … On the other hand, karate consists of different disciplines (Shotokan, Shorin-ryu, Goju-ryu, Shito-ryu …) and, in turn, also He has different ways of working his techniques that are the following:

  • Kihon: shows basic techniques that are executed on the air, without the need to project them against an adversary and is ideal for perfecting errors.
  • Kata: different choreographies that include different techniques of air beats imagining a rival that is preparing to attack. We can find more than 25 katas and each discipline performs them in a different way.
  • Kumite: is based on a one-on-one match with a duration of 3 minutes where there is a central referee and 4 referees seated, one in each corner, as well as a central referee. Depending on the part of the body that is hit, one score or another will be obtained; if you hit the trunk or head with your fist you get 1 point (Yuko), with a kick in the trunk you get 2 points (Waza ari) and with a kick in the head you get 3 points (Ippon), the match ends when one of the two karatekas reaches 8 points or when the time comes to an end. We must say that it is a combat where the control of the techniques and the good execution of the same are rewarded, all those that are not controlled and that go against the safety of the adversary will be sanctioned.
  • Bunkai: is the implementation of Kata techniques where techniques are performed against an adversary. All the Katas have different ways of performing the Bunkais, they are techniques that are not stipulated, so you can use all of them.

David practices Shotokan karate since he was small. This type of karate is a discipline that was founded by Gichin Funakoshi, where “shoto” was the pseudonym that Gichin used in another of his hobbies that was painting, many of his works he signed with this alias and “kan” means school or dojo (training room). Therefore the meaning of Shotokan is, the school of shoto.

David is a black belt 2nd dan and this year managed to climb the podium, obtaining the 3rd place in one of the regional university competitions in which he participated.

We hope that this publication has pleased you and serves to learn more about this sport.

A greeting and thank you very much for reading.

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