Many different styles of Karate are practiced throughout the world. The style practiced by this association is Contact Karate. In Contact Karate you are able to participate in realistic combat, without the fear of injury, since full sparring pads are worn. Contact Karate probably employs more kicking techniques than any other Martial Art. For free sparring the development of snap power in both kicking and punching is important, although naturally many other more powerful kicking and punching techniques are used. Release holds, throws and sweeps are other important aspects of Contact Karate training.
The Origins of Karate
Whilst the roots of Karate stretch back as far as 2000 B.C., present day students will probably be most interested in the development of the art during this century. It is said that in the early 1900’s Karate was introduced into mainland Japan from the island of Okinawa by Gishin Funikowshi. From Japan the art of Karate has spread throughout the world.
Why Practice Karate?
Some of the benefits that can be derived from the regular practice of martial arts are:
a) Improved fitness
b) Improved focus and self discipline
c) A realistic self defence
d) A sense of respect for oneself and others
The instructors are all Black Belts. They are professional, highly trained and have all had many years experience in the Martial Arts. Amongst them are to be found World, European and British Champions. ECKA do not allow instructors from other associations to teach for them, only those who have gained their black belts within ECKA can go on to teach our syllabus.