Martial Arts and Recovery
Martial Arts is one of the weapons a person can use to change their lifestyle. We need to remember that a change in lifestyle is imperative when a person is trying to overcome addiction. Changing friends is one of the greatest obstacles that the addict faces and filling the void of what to do with spare time is another. Karate has been known to take care of both of these voids. Over the years, many people have used karate to help with their recovery and as a source of support and self-discipline. When the addict is in the grips of his or her addiction, they have a feeling of worthlessness, guilt and shame. These feelings can be extremely overwhelming and the person needs to feel that they can overcome any challenge that they are facing. The practice of Karate or Martial Arts will help a person to feel empowered over their body and in control of their actions.
What is Karate ?
Karate is a Martial Art form originally known as “Te” or Okinawa-Te which means Okinawa Hand. The term Karate also meant “Chinese Hand” because the original system was greatly influenced by Chinese martial arts.
Karate was not a peasant’s art. It was the fighting art of Okinawa nobility and was popular with the royal family. A number of notable karate masters came from well-to-do families who were able to visit China to further their studies, as well as training at home with Chinese military men, diplomats and traders.
Japanese forces invaded Okinawa during the 1600s and banned the use of weapons and martial arts training. During this time karate practice spread amongst the people so they could learn how to defend themselves. But since the martial arts were banned, training had to be done in secret and often at night. The meaning of techniques were often disguised to prevent prying eyes from discovering the true nature of the art. There were three main centers of karate on Okinawa; they were at Shuri, Tomari and Naha. The systems were known as Shuri-Te, Naha-Te and Tomari-Te. These eventually emerged into two systems known as Shorin Ryu and Shorei Ryu.
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The many forms of karate studied today can all be traced back to these schools. During late 1800s-early 1900s karate was introduced into the Okinawa school system as a way of maintaining discipline and a method of physical education for the pupils. The Japanese military officers recruiting conscripts into the army noticed how physically fit the Okinawans were.
Karate was demonstrated on the mainland in the 1920s at a martial arts festival and was later introduced into schools and universities. After the second world war US servicemen were taught karate and they took it back to America with them. Japanese instructors were also dispatched to the US, Europe, Britain and elsewhere to promote karate.
Since the 1960s and 1970s karate has become the one of the most popular martial art forms in the world and practiced by millions of students. Their reasons for training vary, but they generally include self-defense, fitness, health and competition. There are many different karate systems developed by Okinawans, Japanese and more recently Western instructors. The “big four” styles are Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Goju Ryu and Shito Ryu.
Benefits of Karate or Martial Arts
There is no end to the benefits of karate but here are just a few examples:
- Health and Fitness
- Sport Professional
- Personal development
- Children’s character
- Social Skills
- Learning how to meet challenges
Through karate you will meet new people and learn about different Cultures. Martial Arts in recovery can help you eliminate some of the issues you may have when dealing with an addiction.
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