The Benefits of Karate
The Woodlands Shotokan Karate Dojo (school) has the primary objective is to introduce the community to the many benefits of training in the art of Shotokan Karate-Do (Art). Shotokan Karate-Do was designed for people of all ages by combining fluid techniques and natural body movement.
Benefits for Adults:
- Increased motor skills - allows the participants of the program to enhance their balance and hand/foot/eye coordination.
- Self-discipline - promotes better problem-solving capabilities, increased patience, and less frustration which is vital to achieving worthwhile goals
- Physical fitness - includes increased flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscle tone, breathing, and overall proper health and fitness
Benefits for Children:
- Attention span - teaches children to focus on the task at hand
- Respect - children learn the importance of respect in relation to authority figures, peers, and learning institutions
- Leadership skills - children grow and accept responsibility as they progress in rank
- Self-esteem - helps children to realize their intrinsic worth
- Body awareness - helps prevent bumps and bruises, and allows children to lead a more accident-free lifestyle
At the heart of Shotokan Karate-Do lies the emphasis on character development. Our goal is for students to take lessons learned in the classroom and apply them to daily life. Furthermore, we promote family participation to rediscover core family values that have been lost in our modern society.
Shotokan Karate-Do is a safe, non-aggressive activity for all to enjoy. It combines the fun and excitement of sport with time-honored tradition. This is a program by which we believe we can make a difference in reaching the community through the teaching of Shotokan Karate-Do.
The Value of Karate
Those who follow Karate-do must never forsake a humble mind and gentle manner. The tremendous offensive and defensive power of Karate-do is well known where one can defeat enemies with a single attack. The value of the art depends on the one applying it. If its application is for good purpose, then the art is of great value, but if it is misused, then there is no more harmful art than karate. One who truly trains in the art of Karate-do is never easily drawn into a fight.
Karate is used only on those rare occasions in which one must really defend one's self. This situation is experienced possibly once in a lifetime by an ordinary person, and therefore there may be an occasion to use karate techniques only once or not at all. In Karate-do, one's individual goal might be the improvement of his or her health or training of his or her body to function efficiently. One might wish to develop total body strength and coordination or to attain poise and spiritual fortitude. One who trains in Karate-do strives internally to prepare his or her mind to build a clear conscience, enabling him or her to face the world truthfully, while externally developing strength.