What is Karate

Karate is a striking art and uses punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes to allow a practitioner to defend themselves effectively against one or more assailants. In most Karate styles like the Japanse based Wado-Ryu taught at Karate Do Chojinkai, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, weapons training and vital point striking are also taught.

To the untrained eye, most karate styles look the same but once you know a bit about it they are really quite different. Even Wado-Ryu and Wado-Kai which for the most part have the same history and teaching are different and when you look at a style like Shotokan it is really very different to the Wado styles. It also isn’t Mixed Martial Arts even though we might teach you the grappling, joint locks and many similar looking strikes to those favoured by MMA students and their instructors.