A Brief History Of Karate Do

Master Gichin Funakoshi

The master behind Karate was a man called Gichin Funakoshi. He was born in Shuri, Okinawa in 1868. During his upbringing, the use of Martial Arts was banned by the government.

However, Funakoshi trained in secret with two masters. He was taught two different fighting systems. It was after the welding of these two systems that Funakoshi went on to found Karate. The meaning of Karate meant ‘Chinese hand,’ but Funakoshi changed the meaning to ‘empty hand.’

In China, Kara means ‘Chinese,’ while the meaning in Japan is ‘empty.’ So students now refer to Karate as empty hand. While Funakoshi was studying at the Teachers College in Okinawa, he was given a chance to demonstrate his skills, and due to the impact of this, he then began a legacy that would last to this day. Karate ultimately went on to spread throughout Japan and then to other countries throughout the world.

The Kobujutsu Conection

Sensei Jonathan Bolt has had the privilege of meeting Sensei Phil Snewing who introduced him to the art of Okinawan Weapons (Kobujutsu).

Sensei Jonathan Bolt was further inspired as Kobujutsu gave new meaning to his training with the guidance of Sensei Phil Snewing. Since then, Jonathan has organised a training class in Kobujutsu for his students, on condition that he and his students maintain regular courses with Phil Snewing and train at least once a year with Shehan (Master) Julian Mead, the founder of the RKAGB who teaches Kobujutsu across Europe. This has enabled individuals from the South East an opportunity to train in this prestigious art.

JuDachi Martial is one of the few Associations in England who offer a facility to train in true Okinawan Weapons.

Tai Chi Chuan-The Supreme Ultimate

Like the iceberg, the greater proportion of Tai Chi is below the surface.

Tai Chi is a martial art offering a sophisticated and scientific method of self-defence that has at its core the philosophical vision of how the Chinese see the universe and man’s place within it. An over simplification would be the Chinese vision of how the world works by the interaction between Yin and Yang.

So the art of Tai Chi is to improve the way the body interacts with the world. Therefore, the body increases its harmony with the universe and performs better and accrues benefits in condition, health and well-being. Even those who do not wish to learn all the aspects of Tai Chi and may only wish to concentrate on the health and well being benefits soon begin to understand that the philosophical concepts on which the art is based set it apart from other exercise forms.

These health and well-being elements come from the hand form which is practiced in a slow, soft, meditative formation that relieves stress and anxiety and it also improves posture and balance. The hand form gently massages and stimulates the internal organs and helps relax the whole body offering dramatic improvement in health and fitness to all its students, no matter what their age or fitness level. Why not see what Tai Chi’s holistic approach can do for you.

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