A. This is a style of Karate which is considered to be hard and soft. This means the practitioner is strong against an enemy and yet possesses calmness and inner confidence with humility. Basically Karate consists of three related areas of training:
- Training of the body to include muscle coordination, balance, strength, speed, and stamina.
- Training of the mind to include intense concentration, awareness, emotional discipline, confidence and serenity.
- Training in self defense to include timing, distancing, accurate techniques of blocking and counter-attacking, and psychological principles of fighting.
These traits are developed through a series of exercise called 'Kata'. A Kata consists of self defense movements combined into a dance-like exercise and is practiced until the student has mastered it completely. All training in Karate revolves around its system of Kata. Without these forms the Karate method is shallow and lacks the disciplined training necessary to attain enlightenment and inner confidence.