Step Up Your Self Defense with 7 Karate Moves
Step Up Your Self Defense with 7 Karate Moves
Having knowledge of some sort of self defense moves is great for anyone no matter your age, gender, or where you live. There is always a possibility that you will need to use them to save yourself from an attacker, or potentially, someone you know will need help. Karate is a great way to protect yourself and it’s easy to learn on your own. The modern form that you see all over in movies and in the classes you can take actually has been around for about 400 years. It originated in Japan and has now spread throughout the world. You don’t need any equipment to learn the moves and you can learn from the comfort of your own home. If you want to learn Karate, you need to be serious about learning the moves and know that you can only use them in self defense, not just to have fun with your friends later. It is best if you can learn with a partner or someone how perhaps already knows the basics of Karate because it will be crucial for you to learn how to spar with a person later on and you will want to have a friend there to help you. If you and your friend are ready to learn, there are few simple steps that you can take that will allow you to learn this ancient skill and you will be able to defend yourself and anyone else that may need it when you are placed in a potential situation.
It is important when you are starting out learning Karate that you do things in the right order and take it all seriously. One of the first steps in teaching yourself Karate and doing the moves is to simply relax and get in the right mental state. To do this, you can mediate for a minimum of five minutes. Clear your mind of all worry and any thoughts that you may be having about anything in general. This helps to clear your mind and get you in the right mindset to make you a better fighter. This simple step can actually make you a better fighter when you start actually putting the moves in use.
#2 Warm Up/Stretch
After taking the time to meditate and warm up your mind, you will want to take the time to warm up your body and muscles. This is important because you do not want to pull a muscle or seriously injure yourself, especially if you are new to working out at all. You can do whatever kind of warm up you want to do. Jog a little around the room, stretch your arms and legs, do some pushups. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that you warm up the muscles in your legs a lot though because they will be used a lot in the following lessons. You do not want to hurt yourself and keep yourself from being able to practice later on.
#3 Know your “ready” stance
When you do Karate correctly, in a class or for the art of the fight, you need to know the idea behind it and how you start a fight correctly. Karate isn’t solely seen as a self defense method, it has actually been a serious art form for years and when you enter competitions, you need to start your fight correctly. To do this, you will want to start in the “ready” position. You start with your legs together and you can have your feet touching or not. If your legs are together, your feet are together as well. If your legs are slightly apart, your feet will also be apart. If you want to angle your toes outward it is also acceptable.
#4 Know your basic stances
Before you can start practicing your fancy Karate moves, you need to learn the basics first. You have to have a solid foundation on which to build later. If you can learn the best ways to place your body before moving it, you will have a better core to your fighting. You have three basis stances that you need to master before you can move on. They are the natural (walking stance), the front stance, and the cat stance.
To do the correct walking stance, you should stand with your front foot pointing forward and your back foot is actually out at a 45-degree angle. This should look like your feet are apart at a natural, or walking, width. If it looks strange or you do not feel comfortable, look at your feet and see just how they are placed and change it.
With the front stance you will stand with your feet a little further apart than the walking stance, and you want to keep your weight mostly on your front leg. This looks slightly like you are leaning forward because your weight is centered in front.
The cat stance looks a lot like the walking stance, just like the front stance did. But this time, put most of your weight on your back leg. If you want, your front heel may be raised slightly in the air. This stance when done correctly looks like you are ready to strike.
#5 Work on your balance and your striking power
A lot of Karate is making sure that you have great balance when fighting. You don’t want to fall over for not being able to keep yourself upright. Make sure your center of gravity is always tight and you are not wobbling around. When you have your balance down, you want to work on your speed at which you want to hit and strike. Even if you work out, you will not be guaranteed to be a great striker, it’s not necessarily about muscle, but more about the speed at which you perform your moves.
#6 Practice your moves
Now that you have the basics down, you can start practicing the fighting moves. You will want to start some more basic moves down that will help you to perfect your Karate later. It is important for you to know how to block hits from your opponent. To do this you will want to know how to hold your arms and hands. Once you know how to block hits, you can practice your own striking. To strike, you can punch, upper cut, strike with your elbow, or use your fists. Practice these with both of your hands so you will always have a hand that can fight. Work on these until you feel like you are getting the correct form down.
#7 Practice kicking
After you have your blocks and strikes down, you can move onto kicking. You have five different kicks that you can learn and use. They are the front snap, the side snap, the side trust, the back trust, and the round kick. When practicing them, you will want to have the correct form. For the front snap kick, you want to extend your leg and then bend it and snap it forcefully. Your side snap kick is the same as the front snap kick, but obviously you perform this to the side of your body. With the side trust kick, you will want to lift your kicking foot to your opposite knee. Then you will want to kick and then roll your hip forward. You want to make sure to keep your torso upright when performing these kicks. Your back trust kick is the same form as the side trust, but this time you will be kicking back while looking backward. Then you have your round kick which starts in cat stance and you will want to pull your leg upwards, and kick around your body; hence, the name, round kick. When you have learned and perfected all of your kicks, you can find someone to spar with. This practice will even further your knowledge of Karate and you can put your moves into a real situation.
The most important thing when learning how to do Karate yourself is that you will want to read up enough and know the correct forms to keep your body in and how to practice the moves. This will only increase your skills later on. You do not need to be perfect at Karate when you first start out, no one will expect you to be. But the more you practice, the better you will become at it. You need to take the time to practice all of the moves and it even better when you can spar with someone else who is learning Karate as well. By the time you both have perfected your moves, you will be a force to be reckoned with if you someday need to use it on the street, or in self defense. Learning Karate is a great workout for you and a great way to be able to defend you and others in potentially dangerous situations.