Karate for adults is a great way to get fit and healthy! Regular exercise ensures we remain healthy, supporting our backs and prolonging health, not to mention making us feel generally inspired and motivated!
Adult karate is a great all-around workout.
Karate uses all muscle groups and a variety of concentric exercises, meaning that as muscles contract they also extend, giving that lean look, while also building strength and speed.
Regular karate training and its aerobic training have been proven to slow down the deterioration of cognitive functioning in old age. Evidence shows that the combination of aerobic exercise and movements requiring coordination and balance maintains or improves cognitive functioning.
Studies have found karate helps to enhance attention, resilience, and motor reaction time, proving that five months of regular karate training yields ‘a a significant improvement in motor reactivity, stress tolerance, and divided attention’.
Longer karate training periods produce even better results, which means regular, sustained training is even healthier than one might think.
At a conscious level, the practice of karate is a learning challenge to attain coordination, precision, physical balance, strength, etc. In this sense, karate gives a personal sense of accomplishment for being able to learn a skill.
At a less conscious level, karate challenges attitude and behavior by promoting a sense of humility, ethics, and self-discipline, through the role-based social structure of the dojo. The dojo’s social system demands trust and respect toward a teacher, and new students naturally develop admiration toward other students. Self-development occurs as a result of the karate student’s ‘readiness to learn, given this social structure.
At a subconscious level, karate promotes concentration, internal power, self-awareness, and self-knowledge. Students learn to breathe and to meditate in karate. At the beginning and at the end of karate lessons, students sit to meditate.
At an advanced level, karate movements provide the structure to practice meditation in movement. At its best, karate is, as masters have stated over and over before: a way of life.