The 6 Basic Segments Of Karate Movement
If you want to use your body as a human weapon, you must learn Okinawan martial arts which are comprised of punches, strikes, blocks and kicks. The techniques are combination of evasive footwork maneuvers and joint locks to create hand-to-hand to weapon combat method for basic self-defense termed as karate.
When a person joins karate classes, he/she has to learn the basic rigid linear movements to strengthen and condition the body. With the progress of the course, they learn to achieve advantage over the opponent by implementing and combating linear and circular techniques from the basic karate moves.
The secret in karate which many people do not know, these are segments which are considered basic segments:
1. Long Strike.
2. Short Strike.
3. Single Strike.
4. Multiple Strikes.
5. Soft Strike.
6. Hard Strike.
All the above 6 segments when combined together create separate style; the combination of short strike with multiple strikes combines very well with the soft strikes making the style similar to Shorin-Ryu-Karate. In this there are several branches that comprises of many combinations of the basic segments.
Karate can be considered more than a self-defense; it builds the physical and inner strengths by coordinating of mind and body. The inner strength can be defined as finding authentic self to achieve the peak performance in all aspects of life.
Physical strength is gained by disciplining the will power to push beyond present physical barriers. Once a learner exceeds the limits, not only the physical strength gets improved but there are other benefits also, this includes improved reaction, coordination, balance and increased energy levels.
The unification of the mind and body changes the attitude towards many beliefs and fears. It also eliminates the negative emotions of helplessness, powerlessness and vulnerability and teaches perseverance. In short a student gets transformed from a weak personality to strong personality with a positive attitude.
Combat karate is only as effective as the practitioner in executing the techniques. Some incompetent trainers and improper training have given them a bad reputation to combat karate. This clearly shows lack of knowledge of the instructor in proper execution of the techniques.
This is the reason many martial artists lack the understanding of the basic karate movement, some of the master instructor have kept certain elements of the techniques secret for centuries. The biggest fear is that these are very dangerous and may go into wrong hands.
These techniques are available only to the students who have sound mind and judgment. Normally such moves were kept secret within the families and were used for self-defense.
Anyone can throw a punch, but there is a difference between a proper punch versus an effective punch. Not everyone can execute a proper punch while stepping.
With practice, a karate practitioner can move 4 to 6 feet across the floor in a fraction of the second to strike the opponent. If properly trained anybody can deliver one of the most explosive and devastating karate strikes and can incapacitate the attacker.
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