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1. PHYSICAL BENEFITS
Strength and Endurance
As a result of utilizing both arms and legs when executing punches, blocks, kicks, and various stances for numerous times, karate training develops a high level of muscular strength, endurance, and agility.
Cardiovascular and Respiratory
All karate training sessions include 20-30 minutes of continuous execution of karate techniques (kihon) or form training (kata). This simulates the aerobic segment of any complete exercise program while still enjoying many other benefits.
Neuroendocrine and Musculoskeletal
Exercise in general increases bone density and helps slow down the process of osteoporosis. Due to the structured nature and high concentration requirements of karate training, improvement in mental alertness, thinking abilities, sensory awareness, reaction speed, and physical coordination will be subsequently recognized.
Flexibility and Balance
Karate, ballet, and gymnastics are three activities that utilize maximum range of movement, and therefore the importance of stretching is stressed. The movement methodology in karate provides major contributions to flexibility that do not exist in most other sports.
2. PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Karate training, as well as exercising in general, results in enhanced self-esteem, improved overall psychological well-being, increased self confidence, and hence, decreased depression.
3. MENTAL BENEFITS
By exercising and mastering difficult techniques beyond expectations, one learns how to conquer limitations and realizes that they exist only in one’s mind.
4. LEARNING PERFORMANCE AND CAREER BENEFITS
Due to the high and continuous concentration needed in learning and executing karate techniques, one’s general learning abilities and learning habits will be greatly enhanced. That enhancement applies to karate techniques, and more so to normal daily life activities. This is of great benefit to all people, but more specifically to students and children with learning deficiencies.
5. EXERCISE CONTINUITY BENEFITS
As a result of the continuous learning requirements in karate training, one feels obligated to be committed to attendance on a regular basis. This is an important benefit for those who have problems motivating themselves to exercise.
6. SELF-DEFENSE BENEFITS
All of the above benefits are achieved through the mastering and execution of techniques of fightting art. By developing a stronger, more fit person with a high level of concentration and quick reflexes, in addition to the knowledge of self-defense skills, karate helps change the odds favorably when one is confronted with a threatening situation.