Karate Club

HPA Karate

BENEFITS OF  LEARNING KARATE

Learning Karate is a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that's a myth, according to experts. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these training programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.

There are also several mental benefits to participating in karate.  Karate will help to improve your confidence and respect. Practicing karate also helps to improve discipline and mental toughness.  These mental benefits can then be used in your everyday life.

Karate is also linked to improved cardiovascular health, stressing the heart and building strength.

In addition, regular karate participation will improve your muscle mass, reflexes, and your overall mood. Exercising releases endorphins in the body, and makes you feel good! 

The great thing about karate is that it’s a fun workout. Many people don’t realise the time that’s passing while they’re learning, and feel great afterwards.

A typical hour-long class begins and ends with a bow to the Sensei (teacher), or master. After a warm-up, students practice the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention.

Progress is often marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colors until black. Testing for each new level, generally every four months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.

Karate teaches the children respect and confidence, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit: It often carries over into school, helping to improve focus and concentration in their school work.