Nowadays, families can find a balance between physical and mental well-being in karate. Even though the technique has been promoted for personal defense, it has now been adapted as a philosophy of life to control emotions.
That is the case of Alejandro Solórzano, the father of two teenage boys, who has practiced karate with his family for the past seven years. Solórzano acknowledges that after all those years, it has become a priority and a philosophy not only in his life but in his family’s too.
“When my kids started karate, they were taught that 98 percent of the problems in the street could be avoided. You learn to be different, to control your emotions and to count to ten because you have nothing to prove,” he said.
Mr. Livans, the trainer from American Ju-Jitsu Center (AJC) of Homestead, confirms that people who practice the discipline do it as a way to live their lives in terms of achievements and dedication. “With a lot of effort, you can be successful, but you have to work at it. All of that will be achieved not only by working the physical part but also the mental part of the person.”
Karate, originally from Japan, is one of the best-known martial arts around the world. The hands are used 60% and the legs 40% to perform the punches during combat. It is a sport in which observation, repetition and analysis of the adversary are used a lot. This discipline will bring you a lot of advantages that you were probably not aware of. Here we present six of them:
1. Improves blood circulation.
The natural flexibility of blood vessels decreases with the passing of time. However, practicing karate will cause those symptoms to be delayed and the heart to be stronger by pumping large volumes of blood.
2. Strengthens your muscles.
The muscles of the back, arms and legs are constantly worked. Therefore, muscle mass and tone are increased.
3. It is good to socialize.
It is a sport that is not practiced alone; therefore, you can make new friends.
4. Improves your concentration.
You must learn and practice different movements. When you have another person coming towards you, the concentration to know what maneuvers to perform is indispensable.
5. Increases coordination.
Coordination between legs, arms and the brain will be much greater. At first it may be difficult, but with practice, you will be able to harmonize all movements.
6. Increases flexibility.
Movements and stretching are performed; consequently, different joints of the body increase their flexibility. The muscles of the legs will be more elastic and the degree of movement of the joints will be higher.