Sensei Albert Adeola
WHAT IS KARATE?
Karate is a Japanese Martial art. It is practiced by millions of people around the world of all ages, races and physical abilities.
It is equally suitable for men and women as it relies on techniques rather than pure physical strength.
Karate has developed in many different ways. It can be looked upon as an art form, a spiritual path, a sport or a self-defense system, a routing or all of these underneath this myriad of reflection is the essence of karate.
Karate has its roots in the traditional Jujitsu of Japan and specifically Okinawa, deep root that has never been forgotten.
One of the lessons of karate is how to use different parts of your body to attack or defend to the maximum advantage. Respect and courtesy are integral part of the teachings of karate.
Karate students must learn respect for themselves, others and the world at large.
Karate continues to develop as it did in the days of Ginchin Funakoshi. (The founder of modern day Karate) The most popular styles in Nigeria are: SHOTOKAN, SHITORYU, GOJURYU and WADORYU.
BELTS AND GRADES IN KARATE
When you go to your first karate class, you will see the karate student arranged in neat lines. The ones at the front will probably have black belts and the ones at the back, white belts. The colours of the belts are not a fashion statement. They tell you the level of training that the karateka has reached through his or her gradings.
Each of the belts has to be won in an examination called a GRADING. This idea was invented by JIGORO KANO. The founder of JUDO and adopted by the Grandfather of karate Ginchin Funakoshi.