Why is it a sport?
We often hear that karate is not a sport but a martial art.
I purposely called this article "karate is a sport", because there is always controversy on this subject.
In fact, everyone is right because karate is more than a sport.
It is also a martial art but also a lifestyle. There are many virtues to learn and to know. You find the moral code in both karate and sport.
You play sports
Why insist that karate is also a sport?
Because you can see many people who do karate without dealing with the basics of sport. They never do bodybuilding or stretching. Their warm ups are not well done and they do not hydrate during the whole course.
You sweat during your sport
When you pass your instructor diploma or state certificate, it is the ba ba to hydrate the cells so that they work well and to avoid hurting themselves.
Karate may be a martial art, think that you should not drink to show that you are a strong, it may be a good exercise will but it is a bullshit for the body. I do not say that to offend me with all the teachers who do that in their clubs, because I know there are some who do it. But, it's really a mistake. Karate is a sport. When you train in your clubs, it's a sport and so you train to play sports and you pay attention to your hydration.
I talk about it in detail in this article: »Hydration, beware of overheating"
The energy sectors
Karate is also a martial art where you learn to fight. And fighting is sport where you work on your endurance and your breath.
If you know a little bit about the different energy sectors, it's an advantage for you.
In all sports, the anaerobic, lactic and anaerobic lactic and aerobic pathways are important to understand. Knowing which industry you are working on during your training will help you progress faster.
Why is it important to work on your karate breath and endurance?
How are we progressing in a sport?
With the training! And if you want to progress quickly, the only solution is to increase your training. If you tend to use a lot of anaerobic channels, then you will not be the most enduring. You do not work your breath and you will not be able to do a lot of training.
Shin Gi Tai
You see that by using the principles of sport, there are many things that allow you to progress in karate. It's not just the technique. Karate training is: "Shin Gi Tai" "Shin" is the spirit, "Gi" is the technique and "Tai" is the body. Training the body is therefore important. It's not just the spirit and the technique. And many Karatekas tend to do just that. That is, they go to clubs, they learn techniques but they do not work their bodies and do not maintain it either. Still, it's important that you do it.
You can do it in karate. To make it easier for you, you can train in split, for example. If you do not know, check out the "split training" on the internet. Runners and cyclists know very well.
This is how you can do for your karate:
For kata, for example, start by first and stop. Chase right away with two kata slowly. Afterwards, leave fully. That's what "split" is.
A magnificent gymnastics body and mind
When I say, "karate is a sport," it's not especially a competitive sport.
The competition, it's going to be apart. It's going to be a small part of your practice.
Traditional karate is a sport that requires sports training.
You can think of it as a magnificent gymnastics body and mind. In addition to being a means of self-defense, it is also a method of combat, a martial art, a lifestyle and a sport. Stop saying, "Karate, no, it's not a sport." Yes, it's a sport! It's not pejorative, a sport.
You can believe the sportsman and karate teacher that I am. To get my state diploma, I learned a lot and practiced other sports to increase my abilities with purely sports training. This is why I repeat that it is not at all pejorative to say that karate is a sport.
I have prepared a video in which I talk about sport in karate:
That's my opinion on sports in karate.
Tell me in the comments how, you, you see the sporting part in your karate.
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