Improving Karate and other Martial Arts

Private Karate Lessons Sydney

One on one training has always been useful in any discipline. Just getting feedback and correction is enough reason to justify a private lesson or two. The lessons are costly, but you will improve much faster. The cost is at least partly offset by the fact you will benefit more from your regular lessons.

Seminars and Camps

Perhaps the opposite approach to private lessons, but this is very different to regular classes. You learn from a different teacher, you interact with different people; you won’t get stuck in a routine. And you tend to get quite a lot from one weekend away.

Teaching Karate

Ok, this presumes you have some level of competence, but teaching others can help us learn. Teaching helps puts things in perspective.

One problem is that beginners can pick up mistakes from the instructor There is a tradition of professors often teaching the introductory tertiary class, partly to prevent the beginners acquiring misconceptions, but also to let the teacher keep some perspective. All teacher benefit when they remember what it was like to acquire these skill the first time; they remember that the subject does not exist in a vacuum. Teaching reinforces the foundations of knowledge.

Martial Arts Books

One issue with books is finding the good ones. Recommendations help; read Amazon reviews. Then there is sustaining motivation. Many of us steadfastly read the first two chapters and run through the exercises, then a week later we just end up watching television.

The cost of a book is often less than a lesson or two. And even if you only get a few solid ideas out of a book it was worth the price. If you already have some martial arts competence the book might add a few good ideas.

On line Karate Training.

If you already have the internet, and most of us do, it doesn’t cost anything to look up some instructional advice. Again, there is good advice and mediocre, so finding the worthwhile karate videos is a hassle. But this is far better than 99% of the time we spend surfing the net. If you find a good site, tell us about it. Again, this is often best when you already have a substantial martial arts foundation to build on.

Group Karate lessons Sydney, 

Tradition learning takes place in classes. It is a tradition for a good reason, it works quite well. Class size varies with the subject, but having other students present will help many individuals learn, and it is obviously less expensive than private lessons.

Two or three lesson a week seem optimal. Doing more does not speedup the learning process. Combining a few group classes with the occasional private lesson can be a good option for many.

Karate for kids Sydney

Just about anything is learnt better when we are younger. Kids do well with martial arts. It is at least as good as any other sport, and if it teaches discipline

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Karate for Kids Sydney

Karate for Kids Sydney

There are benefits to children learning a martial art like karate. Some of these benefits are the same as learning any sport – the child has social interaction with peers, learns to be competitive with ideas of good sportsmanship, the child can gain confidence in witnessing their own progress, the child learns some discipline. But we believe that a martial art has additional benefits. Self defence is a fairly obvious benefit, all the better if you can defend yourself without injuring your assailant. Dealing with stress and adrenalin in a crisis is another benefit.

Things to consider for Karate classes for Kids Sydney:

  • The teacher and the school may be more important that the particular martial art being taught. Consistency and interaction with others is important. But we have both taekwondo or Karate to choose from, and a few other options like wrestling.
  • A good instructor should be able to connect with the child, and be able to handle children in a group. There is more to teaching than being a skilled practitioner. A few practitioners are poor teachers. Some individuals can teach children as well, teaching adult students.
  • Martial Arts like Karate and Taekwondo that emphasises respect for parents and authority figures will be beneficial for many children, especially if individual child has a problem in this area. Children learn that the teacher is there to help the child improve, and to keep things organized. Many sports do this to some extent, but martial arts does it more than most others.
  • Martial arts instruction often has the effect of reducing bullying within its ranks, in contrast to the Hollywood stereotypes. Competitors in a fight identify with their opponent, and tends to stop them from seeing others as an enemy. Rivalry is friendly competition, different from the desire to conquer and control.
  • The physical skills from Martial Arts can help a child avoid accidents in many situations. Goal orientation is important in Martial Arts. This is encouraging for children.
  • Motivation is a tricky thing, But Martial arts can motivate many children.
  • Children learn the mental aspect of anything is at least as important as the physical. Competitive martial arts fights help the child deal with adrenalin and stress. This is important, and often the overlooked issue in a life threatening situation.

Karate classes for Kids Sydney

Martial art classes can benefit a child for character development and physical development.  We have classes for all age groups.shutterstock_96292529

Martial Arts

Breathing is probably the most fundamental thing we do. No breath, no life.

Yet it is easy to fall into bad habits and breathe poorly, or just take breathing for granted. Bad breathing habits compromise our health and reduce ability to do almost everything.

Two of the most important factors in breathing are regularity and breathing through the nose.

Breathing through the nose help our body create nitric Oxide. We need nitric oxide to function well, and feel run down without it. If we breathe through the mouth we miss out on this nitric oxide, which compromises our energy and health. Some of us are in the habit of mouth breathing at night. This is something we must avoid; it leads to poor sleep and daytime tiredness. If you wake with a dry mouth or suffer snoring you are almost certainly mouth breathing. Talk to a doctor, dentist or specialist about mouthguards or nasal strips to rectify the issue.

Regularity of breathing looks to be an important issue. We might breathe rapidly when exerting ourselves, and slowly when meditating, but our breathing must always be regular. Irregular breathing compromises pulse and heart regularity. And we know that a regular pulse and heartbeat is extremely important. Practice even, regular breathing.

Martial Arts Breathing

Correct breathing is a factor in all martial arts, something we must get right from the onset.

Exercise spends energy. The only ways to make more energy is by eating and breathing. Exercise will give us an energising effect by improving circulation; it utilizes the energy already in us. And in the long term the cumulative effects of exercise will allow us to have more energy at our disposal. But correct breathing and healthy eating are part of the foundation for energy.

Karate Breathing Exercises

– Find an area free from air pollutants.

– Find a comfortable position, preferably lying down or sitting in a chair. Stand if you have no other option.

– Place your hands below your navel, so you can feel your abdomen move. The idea is to breath with all of your lungsYou should feel your abdomen expand as you breathe, not just your chest.

– Breathe in slowly through your nose, then hold the breath. Feel your lungs up completely.

– For this exercise breathe out through the mouth, taking 50% longer to breathe out that it took to breathe in.

– Some people advise a 1-4-2 rule for this breathing exercise – Hold the breath 4 times as long as it took to inhale. Then take twice as long to exhale as it took for the inhale.

– Try to do this breathing exercise three time a day.

When not doing this exercise we should breathe in a smooth and regular pattern through our nose.

As you learn some more advanced karate you will learn to exhale at the right time in order to optimize your strength.

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Stress Myths and Thoughts

Stress Comes from the Circumstances You are in:

Partially true; but it’s really about your thoughts and how you deal with the circumstances. The fact that different people respond differently to the same circumstance is evidence for this.

Stress Motivates Us:

Well, it can. Again, it is how we are dealing with the situation. There are far better motives for achieving goals than stress. But getting past the cause of the stress is one possible motive for action.

Stress is stimulation – we need it somehow:

Again, there are better forms of stimulation than stress. The idea that we would be lethargic without stress is highly misleading. Children have minimal stress and great curiosity, yet they are highly active.

Stress is being busy, or too busy:

Well, being too busy often is stressful. But being busy can sometimes be enjoyable. Getting nowhere is stressful, even if we are not as busy. Being very busy and getting nowhere is probably the worst stress combination.

Getting your frustration out is a way to deal with stress.

A very misleading idea often called (or mislabelled) catharsis. Just being angry because of stress is a poor solution, it only teaches us how easy it is to get angry. The same goes for hitting inanimate objects. We might superficially feel better at first because we are too tired to maintain our anger, and at least we are not denying the existence of the problem. But at the end of the day nothing is solved and we won’t feel any better.

Triumphing over an obstacle, or resolving a conflict, or even watching a film that is similar to our predicament, will help us feel better. Acting like a frustrated child will not.

Martial Arts only helps you when you are physically threatened.

Martial arts will help in everyday life if only by making you fitter. But as competitive martial art helps you overcome obstacles and deal with stress it is a great help, because we deal with stress and obstacles every day.

Marital Art School – Karate and Taekwondo

Training in martial arts is beneficial in learning how to deal with stress. Part of this is the competition, duels with others. We learn to keep our heads in a crisis, and that the crisis soon passes, and we can be okay even if it is not a complete triumph.

Individuals who learn taekwondo or karate for self-defence have noted that the mental benefits are more important than the physical skills. The adrenaline dump of a serious conflict can truly ruin us, and it is very difficult to prepare for this. But participating in martial arts competition does more for accommodating the adrenaline than any training. This is one of the better way to deal with stress.Kids Main