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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:19 pm    Post subject: Karate info Reply with quote

Hello, i recently got interested in karate. I can't train it since i don't have a dojo near me. But i want to know what are the different styles and what i can do at home.
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Joined: 23 May 2014
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Location: United Kingdom, England, Shropshire
Styles: Wado-Ryu , Kobayashi Shorin-Ryu (Kodokan), RyuKyu Kobojutsu

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best thing you can do prior is getting into a daily routine of strength and conditioning training. Especially, doing sport-specific training. Jesse Enkamp, of Karate by Jesse, has posted a number of karate specific exercises one can do at home:

Not all of those exercises will be suitable for a beginner but they are a good resource. Generally speaking for strength training you will want to work on core-exercises and postural exercises: Press-Ups, Crunches, Leg Lifts, Squats, and Lunges are all good exercises you can do at home without equipment which target muscle groups important to karate practice. They are also families of exercises with many variations you can use to increase the challenge, or target problem areas when needed.

Cardio training is also important but doing the right cardio training: I suggest alternating between jogging and sprints.

I would also advise a daily stretching routine. I found this blog a few years ago, and it was a good foundation for building my own stretching routine:

In terms of learning the actual techniques at home: this can be very difficult. However, I saw you are interested in studying Kyokushin. The Taikyokugata are fairly simple, and there are plenty of videos online of them. There would be no harm in learning the general shape of Taikyoku Sono Ichi in your own time:

I would also advise studying the terminology as well in advance. Learn the terms of the basic techniques, and the formal etiquette, in advance and it will help you.

Lastly, practice Humility. Approach the process with an open mind and a willingness to listen and learn.
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