A qualified healthcare provider should be consulted before beginning any new exercise program.
Train under the supervision of a martial arts instructor.
Wear the appropriate protective gear.
Exercise to strengthen the stabilizer muscles, including the rotator cuff muscles, hip adductors (inner thigh muscles or groins) and abductors (muscles on the outermost part of the hip).
Maintain proper breathing techniques when practicing martial arts to avoid injury -breath out during the contraction portion of any stretching movement, and breath in during the extension portion of any stretching movement.
Karate, like any physical activity, is likely to have health benefits. Scientific studies suggest that karate may increase an individual's balance, flexibility, strength and cardiovascular endurance.
Kihon (basics): Kihon is the study of the fundamental techniques, including, punching mechanics, footwork and stances.
Kata (forms): Kata are patterns of defensive and offensive techniques performed against imaginary attacks from different directions. The five elements include: mental control (SHIN), mental energy (SHIN), physical techniques (RYOKU), smoothness in coordination and proper rhythm of the movements.
Kumite (sparring): Students practice karate techniques against an opponent in a controlled environment. Students learn to control their opponent's timing and distance, and to use these factors effectively in a sparring situation.