From the old masters, to today’s great Karate Champions,they all agree on the Benefits of Karate.
Karate is a Japanese martial art of ancient origin which is based on caring for the practitioner, as well as many other things.
One of the great virtues of karate is that it can be practiced with any age, condition, ambition and goal.
“… practitioners improved their conditions to such an extent that they did not get sick.”
Master Gichin Funakoshi said in his book “My Way”
Historically karate was born as a method of self-defense which also served to improve the psycho-physical condition of practitioners. Over time, teachers were seeing practitioners improve their conditions to such an extent that they did not get sick.
In Japan it became popular and it was master Funakoshi who worked to bring art to the general public.
The Benefits of Karate
- Improveself-building self-confidence
Karate makes you live many situations where you’ll have to make decisions. In both combat and kihón, daily effort will strengthen you and improve self-confidence. These teachings you will export outside the dojo. Every so often in karate you’ll have to take a test and expose yourself in front of a court. This fact will make you have to control the matter that you are going to expose and you have to master also your nerves and thoughts. All of this will simmer you.
- It helps you
get to know yourself better Testing yourself daily in everything you do in karate will help you get to know yourself better, know about your limits.
- Improve your skills
In karate we work a lot both parts of the brain, right and left. It is also worked with open hands and closed hands, with elbows, knees, feet, legs, etc… This will help you significantly improve your skills. Grab with your hand open, hit, interact with both hands or both members simultaneously.
We also work the movements and emotions, in the katas there are many movements that feed on the “Hara” and have a lot to do with the experience of the moment.
- Improve your spatial perception
In karate we work a lot the distances, turns, as well as combined actions such as laps with techniques, kicks, etc… All of this will improve your spatial perception and your ability to manage distances over time.
- Contributes to homeostasis*
It is important that at this point we stand a little and define this concept well.
Homeostasis is a term that in medicine literally means “equal state”. The term comes from the> Greek “Homoios’ Equal, Statis’> State”. It is defined as the ownership of organisms to maintain a stable internal condition. What does stability mean?
Psychological Homeostasis is defined as the balance between an individual’s needs and satisfaction. If the individual does not feel that his needs are met, homeostasis encourages him to achieve inner balance through behaviors that allow him to meet those needs.
Cell Homeostasis is defined as the necessary balance between income and expenses. The resulting products newly formed after cellular metabolism (CO2, urea, ammonia, uric acid, urrates, creatiin, etc.) should be discarded immediately.
Karate contributes to “regular functions such as blood pressure, body temperature, breathing rate and blood glucose levels, among others, are kept at a restricted interval around a reference point.”
There are two types of Feedback by which Homeostasis is maintained.
Negative Feedback: Homeostatically controlled body systems are maintained by negative feedback handles in a small interval around a reference value, and any changes or deviations from those normal values are counteracted. Deviations initiate responses that carry the function of the organ back to a value within the normal range.
Positive Feedback: a process by which the body detects a change and activates mechanisms that accelerate that change. This can also help homeostasis, but in many cases it produces the opposite effects and is life-threatening.
The karate practiced on a regular basis contributes to the Alostasis> “Allos” others, Stasis “Keep”>defined as variations in blood pressure and heart rate during daily experiences.
- Increase your reaction speed
Daily Karate works the concepts of reaction speed defined as the time it takes the brain to send signals in the face of a stimulus.
- Tiempla your spirits
Daily combat work in Kihon and Kata ends up polishing karateka’s character. This improvement of character makes the person in a better psychological balance, able to stand firm before the envites of life.
- Improve your balance
In karate you work the positions daily. When working positions to one leg or two interchangeably work the balance and balance.
- Your best Psychoanalyst
It is known to karatekas with years of experience that karate is the best psychoanalyst. Under a psychological point of view, performing a physical activity of relevance requires that all the senses be in it. If you practice karate you must be with the 5 senses put in the matter. This results in the mind being freed from adverse moods and thereby being able to regulate blood pressure and cycles such as ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) and/or secretion of substances such as Melatonin and Serotonin. This regulates biological times and improves the time and performance of our sleep.
- Increase your longevity
For all the concepts that we have defined succinctly before we say that karatekas are usually very long-lived people. In longevity negative variables such as stress, irritability, depression, etc… As for positive variables are healthy customs such as daily exercise, which conceived as we conceived karate is perfect since it encompasses many or all the positive variables of longevity.
Don’t stop practicing karate. Karate is like fire, if it doesn’t feed it slowly shuts down. Always keep the flame.