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Self-defense is putting up a countermeasure against potential harm or looming threat of violence. Typically, self defense can be either armed or unarmed, with the chances of success hugely reliant on physical and mental preparedness, the severity of the danger, and the potential impact and effectiveness of the defense. For generations now, different styles of martial arts have effectively empowered individuals to engage successfully in street combat, escape from gun situations, launch attacks and customize various martial arts techniques to different danger situations. One such style is the knockdown karate, which is also called the Japanese full-contact karate.
Producing Visible Effect
The most fundamental rule of knockdown karate is production of visible or incapacitating effects. The kicks and punches of the karateka must have enough power to buckle or fall the opponent. Hence, to gain such power, the karateka must train intensely for several years before engaging successfully in a real fight or a competition. In fact, individuals who do not train effectively can easily be brought down by the powerful punches and kicks of their opponents, but those who put in full commitment and deeper effort learn to give, deflect and evade full power blows during bouts.
Knockdown Karate and Self Defense
The powerful punches, forceful kicks, intense sparring, relentless attacking and evasive techniques of knockdown karate make it a crucial self defense tool. In case of a sudden attack, a knockdown karateka can deflect blows and evade dangerous attacks with greater ease before knocking the attacker down with powerful kicks and swift punches. In extremely dangerous situations, the karateka can use the real fight skills to incapacitate the attacker. There are no rules in street fighting and so the karateka may not be constrained from giving powerful blows to heads, joints, groins or faces of the attackers in order to render them powerless or just to knock as many of them down as quickly as possible.
During the training of knockdown karatekas for competition, their trainers not only affirm the rules but also declare to them the exceptions to those rules. Primarily, the trainees are taught that the principal goal of learning karate is self defense. They are also informed that the rules are applied during sparring and competitions to prevent serious injuries and even deaths. Therefore, the karatekas learn to apply the rules selectively and according to the prevailing circumstances. In real fights, whether in street fighting or with just a few opponents, knockdown karatekas will punch and kick the body, face, head, joints and groin in order to disable their opponents quickly. Indeed, the limiting rules of competition and sparring are thrown out or modified during the no-rules street fighting self-defense.
Knockdown karate also prepares individuals to become extremely tough and fit for all sorts of attacks. The karatekas endure long hours of intensive sparring exercises and become mentally tough and resilient. The karatekas also learn the best moves for street fighting and master the tricks of taking advantage of their opponent’s weaknesses. Exposed to a broad range of combat situations and actions during their training, knockdown karatekas learn to adapt their techniques to various circumstances. Indeed, the style of karate breeds unflinching, strong-willed and persevering individuals who can defend themselves effectively.
Mental Advantages and Disadvantages of Knockdown Karate
Knockdown karate is specially designed to instill discipline, internal peace and tranquility of the mind. The karate style comes with plenty of exercises that increase mental alertness and concentration, better harmony between mind and body, enhanced preparedness to deal with various circumstances (such as bullies), and heightened awareness of ones immediate surroundings. Besides, just like other forms of intense physical activities, knockdown karate empowers individuals to cope well with stress. The intense physical activity promotes the secretion of endorphins from the pituitary glands, resulting into enhanced feeling of general well-being and happiness. Equally, practitioners of this style of karate usually have enhanced self-confidence, courage and the motivation to believe in themselves.
Nonetheless, being a knockdown karateka also come with some negative consequences to the mind, especially if the karateka is poorly trained and majors only on winning trophies. For instance, some practitioners may develop radical and trouble-making attitudes and become unruly and aggressive. Similarly, extreme emphasis on aggressive personality traits and competition may result in loss of values such as patience, sincerity, respect and humility.
Physical Advantages and Disadvantages of Knockdown Karate
The rigorous intensity of knockdown karate training allows practitioners to gain increased dexterity, stamina, balance, general endurance and strength. The exercises bring fingers, toes, legs, arms and the entire body muscle system into play and make the body fit and healthy. Typical training regimen often raises the pulse rate and oxygen flow through the lungs, resulting in extended ventilation that is called aerobic effect. The exercises also help to normalize body weight through loss of fat and gain of lean muscle. Knockdown karate also improves coordination, reflexes, performance in various activities, cardiovascular health and flexibility.
While knockdown karate is physically advantageous, poor training can cause dreadful consequences to the body. For instance, when harsh and unnatural body motions are repeated over time, practitioners may damage their knees and lower back, or experience hamstrings. Similarly, emphasis on sparring may put the toes, fingers, eyes, teeth, noses and knees at risk. The physical symptoms of mis-training include pulled muscles, digestive problems, hernias, knee and back problems, and ulcers. Therefore, for knockdown karateka to become a potent self defense tool, practitioners should choose the right trainers who can guide them to acquire the best techniques and positive attitudes.
Three karate fighters from Toronto, Ontario are preparing for a trip to Montreal, because Ontario won’t allow them to display their skills.
Larissa Isk and Jhonattan Adames are preparing for semi-contact, and Norihiro Yoshida full-contact.
All three train in Kyokushin Karate, a style founded in Japan in 1964 by Masutatsu Oyama. Kyokushin is Japanese for “the ultimate truth“. Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. The full contact style has huge international appeal, with millions of practitioners worldwide. It still remains less popular in North America, and specifically Canada, than other styles. Mostly because, unlike other styles of karate, kyokushin is full contact, and full contact remains illegal in most of Canada.
So, our three fighters have to travel to Montreal, where though it still remains illegal, the Quebec government tends to turn a blind eye.
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Training for full-contact karate is a significantly different process than most karate practitioners engage in every day. That’s because the rules of most full-contact tournaments require a much different result than point-fighting events. Fighters must be able to deliver significant power in order to score, and their endurance is tested through repeated hand strikes to their body. In fact, most people consider full-contact Kyokushinkai karate tournaments to be a premier test of both strength and endurance.
As a result, preparation for tournaments is vital. Fighters will need to alter their approach to training their technique, improving their fitness, and developing physical toughness in their shins and forearms.
Differences In Technique- In a point-fighting environment, a heavy emphasis is placed on speed. While many tournaments state that a strike must have been able to cause a reaching to their opponent, there is a premium placed on landing strikes more quickly than your opponent. This causes many fighters to neglect power training and focus almost solely on their quickness and accuracy in their hands and feet.
In full-contact karate, strikes must cause a physical reaction to your opponent. Strikes will have to land with enough force to stagger an opponent, and knockouts with legal techniques result in a victory. From a technique standpoint, finishing the movement and pushing through impact is a vital skill. The best way to cultivate this habit is through work on the heavy bag. Also, any deficiencies in a fighter’s stance or footwork will result in strikes that are too weak to have a scoring effect.
Fitness Considerations– For people who’ve never been punched or kicked at full strength, it’s difficult to understand the profound effect that strikes can have on your cardiovascular endurance. A few well-placed strikes can knock the wind right out of a fighter–but they’ll need to keep moving or suffer repeated strikes. That’s why the most successful full-contact karate practitioners have exceptional endurance.
The best type of training for this is sparring. By engaging in lengthy, intense sparring matches, fighters develop functional strength and endurance. However, additional training, such as jogging and swimming, are also valuable. Karate tournament fighters need to borrow a page from the boxer’s handbook in this area.
Physical Toughness– Pads are typically worn during sparring sessions. Nothing can derail an unprepared fighter’s tournament more than checking a kick with their shin for the first time without a pad. The pain can be excruciating, and shins, forearms, fists, and feet are all susceptible.
To prepare for this, the answer is heavy bag work again. Fighters will need to spend months toughening up by striking the heavy bag until they are sore. Fortunately, there is one thing that can help hasten the process. Muay-thai fighters have a long tradition of using liniment oil to help them learn to withstand the punishment of full-contact fighting. Using this oil before and after training sessions can help lower the time required to condition your body–and make the next training session a little more bearable.
Full-contact karate is not a pursuit to be taken lightly. Specific, intentional training over a long period of time is required for fighters to have a reasonable chance of success at a high level.