The benefits of karate 

Karate is a combat sport that is very healthy and can be done from a very young age. Children can generally begin classes from age six. Some clubs even offer "baby karate" for children as young as four.


What skills does karate help develop?

Generally speaking, karate requires both coordination and balance.

It can help children improve their laterality and become more precise with their movements. Learning the techniques bolsters memory, concentration and coordination. During classes, work in pairs or as a group also gives you a chance to make new friends.


For teens and young adults, karate is a great way to channel energy, exercise and learn to follow rules. It teaches discipline and respect for others.

For people in their 30s and 40s, it can help maintain overall fitness, feel better and stay flexible. It improves cardio conditioning, muscle strength and endurance. Doing karate regularly also helps burn calories and prevent weight gain.






Finally, doing katas (a gentle form of karate) is perfect for older adults as they help maintain balance and muscle mass.


How long does it take to feel the effects of karate?

Certain benefits can be felt immediately: from the first few classes, and despite the physical effort (or, perhaps because of it), you will feel energised at the end of the class.

Other benefits, such as stronger muscles, will gradually become noticeable after regular training.

When is the best time to start?

Ideally in September when classes start up again for the year. However, some clubs are open to new members year round.

Want to try this martial art? Check out the clubs in your local clubs. Don't wait - discover karate now!

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