The following are seen by Moichido MA as the key benefits of regular training and practice. However, don’t take our word for it – feel free to research the subject or, better still, join the club and experience the benefits for yourself!
Many of these benefits can only be derived from correct training and practice. You should refer to the “20 Precepts of Shotokan Karate” and the “Dojo Kun” pages to better understand how this can be achieved. Moichido MA instructors regard implementation of the 20 precepts and the Dojo Kun as vital to delivering a high standard. These concepts are therefore embedded in our teaching practices.
- Physical Exercise
Regular physical exercise is known to have a positive effect on all aspects of our daily lives. Improved cardiovascular performance, strength, suppleness and agility are all core benefits of regular training.
- Physical and Mental Balance
Karate-ka develop a greater understanding of the link between mind and body. The practice of Karate itself promotes development of both aspects in proportion to each other.
- Concentration and Academic Performance
To progress in Karate requires mental, as well as physical effort. Studies have shown that regular Karate practice enhances the student’s ability to concentrate for long periods, thereby benefiting their academic performance.
- Positive Attitude
Karate students soon develop a “can do” attitude as they overcome obstacles in their Karate training. That which, at first, appears impossible, perhaps a difficult technique or Kata, is mastered through patience and persistence. The realisation of this process in life outside the Dojo results in a more positive outlook on life challenges in general.
- Rejection of Violence
Far from being a route to mindless violence in response to any threat, Karate reduces the need to react in this way. Students become accustomed to physical “confrontation” in a controlled environment and develop the ability to control the “fight or flight” impulse. Furthermore, the physical self confidence resulting from correct training removes the need for individuals to “prove” themselves by indulging in violent behaviour. De-escalation training is incorporated as part of the syllabus
- Modern Sport
Karate offers the opportunity to compete at many levels should the student wish to do so. Clubs often organise their own tournaments with members competing for trophies. Inter-club tournaments are also common and students may progress to compete at much higher levels.
- Diffusing Bullies
The self confidence provided by regular Karate training very often has the effect of discouraging would be bullies. In the event that a Karate student finds themselves the target of a bully, the student is often able to diffuse the situation without resorting to physical self defence.
- Self Discipline
Karate is not easy and progress is not guaranteed simply by attending class. The successful Karate-ka must develop the self discipline required to pay attention to subtle details of technique, even when they are physically and mentally tired.
- Personal Safety
Awareness is paramount in avoiding potentially dangerous situations and Karate promotes this key skill. However, when all else fails, Karate is a very effective combative art and equips students with a means to defend themselves against single or multiple attackers.