Karate is a Japanese martial art that is a striking art utilizing punching, kicking, elbow strikes, and knee strikes. Also, it incorporates open-handed techniques such as knife hands. There are different styles of Karate where grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are used.
Similar to other Asian martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu, Karate developed over a long period of time. Also, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, and Karate are similar in that martial arts is more than self defense, kicking, blocking, or striking, it is a way of life. It is an art form that can be learned as a child and passed down over generations.
In the United States, Karate became popular from martial arts movies in the 1960s, 1970s, and subsequently with movies like Karate Kid.
Parents often ask which style is better. “Better” is a relative term. Better fighting style, better for kids, better for adults, or better self defense are all aspects in evaluating a school.
In our opinion, parents should consider the instructor’s knowledge, teaching style, and specialties. Cost is another very important factor. The best way is to try a free trial class to see if you or your child likes the class. Please contact us if you would like to try a class with no obligation or commitment.