Principal Correspondent :
“KARATE is performed not just for learning self-defence. It is also great for a player’s overall health and well-being. Karate is a discipline, a fitness regimen, and a form of self-defence that is useful for all ages. Karate offers a myriad of benefits for the body and mind,” said Kyoshi Harish B Choube, National Chief Instructor and Examiner, Karate Budokan International and Sports Coordinator during the Karate and Sports seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of students. The online seminar is organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region). Kyoshi Choube spoke about the benefits of karate.
He said karate is the perfect practice for getting the most out of life physically, mentally, and spiritually. The various self-defence techniques that one learns will help him in developing physical strength and keeping the body fit and flexible. “While the physical benefits and advantages of karate are apparent, the mental benefits can’t be discounted. The first and obvious benefit of karate training is that it allows one to defend better in dangerous situations. Like other types of martial art, karate training gives you tools and techniques that could probably save your life if the situation arises. Karate prepares you to defend yourself from aggressors by giving you the senses to react quickly and effectively in dangerous or life-threatening situations,” Choube told the participants. “Karate teaches how to punch, kick, block, evade and other techniques that will transform the whole body into a dangerous weapon. Karate also helps improves mood. Exercising releases endorphins in the body, and makes one feel good.
Researchers have found that participating in regular karate classes is a great way to improve your mood,” said Choube. Performing karate is not only an excellent way to relieve stress but it also actually help to make you happier. The endorphins released during karate training can be active in the body for as many as four hours after you leave the dojo,” added Choube. Choube also said that karate training also improves mental health of a sportsperson. Choube also said that karate training also improves mental health of a sportsperson. “Research shows that the benefits of karate extend beyond physical well-being. Karate can help you feel stronger and better able to do daily activities. It is also known to help one feel better mentally and emotionally and can improve the overall quality of life. “For people struggling with mental health problems such as depression or anxiety, karate training can help reduce those symptoms. Individuals who practice karate two or three times a week are less sensitive to anxiety, less likely to panic and less likely to be depressed,” mentioned Choube. Speaking further on the topic, Choube said, “When a karateka learns a technique and develops the capacity to apply it with training partners, he feels a great sense of accomplishment. This sense of accomplishment will empower him with self-esteem and confidence. Karate will not only get a karateka physically fit, it will also make him feel great about himself.”
Self-discipline is the capacity to manage and control your emotions, impulses, urges, and behaviour, said Choube. “During a karate class, a karateka will be instructed on how to sit and stand, to adopt the proper posture during meetings and interactions. There is a fair amount of bowing (called Rei in Japanese) in karate. Bowing is not only a way to show respect and gratitude towards others but it is also a way to discipline your mind and emotions. With regular practice of karate, this state of mind gradually becomes an integral part of a karateka. Self-discipline will give him the power to stick to his decisions and follow them. It will make him a trustworthy, reliable person,” elaborated Choube. The seminar was concluded with an interactive question and answer sessions. Renshi Karunkumar Tirpude (Karate Budokan International) proposed a vote of thanks.