Is Knockdown Karate Suitable for Self Defense

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.





2 thoughts on “Is Knockdown Karate Suitable for Self Defense

  1. I have done knockdown training and K1 style training in the past and yes it will help you in a self defense situation. Not taking anything away from ground fighting but a lot of people looking to doing martial arts these days, seem to think that doing all ground fighting training, believe me you do not want to go to the ground when you are fighting in the street, for obvious reasons. Yes the training is good but i also think that people should do hard sparring, whether it’s full contact karate, thai boxing or kickboxing, etc.

    • Hey Keith

      Thanks for your comment. I think you are so right. It would seem that the masses are going to BJJ. Not to knock it but, I wouldn’t want to end up on the ground if there are multiple attackers.

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