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There is no simple answer to this question. It is an art with many facets like an intricately cut precious stone. Self-defense is the unifying theme of Karate. All of the training techniques are designed to make the body strong and hard, reflexes quickened and the head, hands, fingers, elbows, knees and other parts of the body conditioned in techniques of defense and offense. The sole reason Karate is a defensive art is that because the blocking techniques are so highly developed, in an actual situation; properly executed blocking techniques will painfully warn the opponent not to pursue his attack further.People who practice Karate place varying degrees of importance on becoming proficient. Some people train in order to maintain themselves in good physical condition. Karate training over a period of time will increase ones stamina, lower the heart rate, improve blood circulation, strengthen major body muscles, and eliminate excess weight. Training is vigorous enough to work up a healthy sweat. Yobi Undo (Karate Calisthenics) is designed to strengthen the body on one hand and improve flexibility on the other. Most persons will feel healthier when training regularly in Karate. Regular training is conducive to proper eating, deep sleep, and maintenance of body tone, litheness and agility. In addition to the physical demands, Karate requires one to improve his concentration. Some persons are attracted to Karate specifically because of the mental discipline required. Once a student understands the devastating power he can generate, he will avoid any argument, which might lead to physical conflict. With this in mind, he does not have to prove to anyone how strong or brave he is. This is why mental discipline is an important part of Karate training. He will become a suppler person, and will be able to cope with his environment and his every day life. Spiritually, Karate is closely linked to Zen. The training reflects the rigor and discipline of Zen. For whatever reason a person is originally attracted to Karate, they will find that Karate training is a multidimensional experience and if they maintain an active interest, they will, in time, become familiar with each of its facets.
-O'Sensei Bayani Adlawan-
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