This is Rebecca’s story about Karate.
Karate is a type of martial art. There are many different types of karate styles. There are clubs all around the world.
The reason why I wanted to take on karate was because I was staying over at my friend’s house in Liverpool and they did karate. Their dad who is also their Sensei (this means instructor) at karate; invited me to watch their class and, I found it fascinating learning the skills, techniques and defending yourself if there was a fight. I finally found a class at Enfield Leisure Centre with caring students and staff.
Karate helps with discipline, make friends, learn new skills and it help you to defend yourself . There are rules of the Dojo, which means ‘room or hall’:
- You have to bow when you enter and leave
- You shouldn’t wear shoes
- The instructors are called ‘Sensei’ when in the Dojo
- ‘Oss’ is a sign of respect must be used when we start and finish a lesson, and other situations such as gradings and competitions.
I started Karate under a year ago. I started on white belt and every three months you get graded. I then transferred to Orange belt and now I have a Red belt. It gets harder when you have passed your belt, as you need to learn a different type of movements and techniques which are more complicated and difficult. You would also have to learn how to defend yourself backwards.
It has given me confidence, make new friends, new skills and techniques, plus I have learnt how to defend myself. Overall, it keeps you fit and healthy. Every month there is a student of the month award. We have parties for Christmas and have a competition to show our skills off so it is worth the effort.
If you want more information go to karate-london.co.uk