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WELSH ACADEMY OF MARTIAL ARTS - BARRY YMCA
WHY PRACTICE KARATE OR KICKBOXING
WHO ARE WE
THE HISTORY OF KARATE
THE HISTORY OF KICKBOXING
RHYDIAN TOLCHER JAMES
LYNNE TOLCHER-JAMES
NEWS
CLASSES
WHAT DOES A BLACK BELT REPRESENT
BLACK BELTS ROLE OF HONOUR
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF A BLACK BELT
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2002 WAMA TO REPRESENT WALES AGAIN
LYNNE WITH "DON THE DRAGON" WILSON
TRAINING AND GRADING SYLLABUS
HALL OF FAME
INSTRUCTORS AND FIRST AID OFFICIALS
EXCELLENCE IN RECENT GRADINGS PRODUCING "A" GRADE STUDENTS
THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
HOW TO TIE YOUR BELT
OUR NINJA KIDS
KICKBOXING FOR LADIES
LYNNE WITH DAVID MITCHELL author of the "Young Martial Arts Enthusiast"
LYNNE/ RHYDIAN/PHILLIP WITH COLIN JACKSON
BEING A MARTIAL ART TEACHER
MEDITATION
CAN MARTIAL ARTS IMPROVE YOUR AWARENESS
MARTIAL ARTS CAN HELP IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED
DONNA HILLBERG
STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR
STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
LIVE CHAT
WELSH CHAMPIONS
NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS
NATIONAL MILLENNIUM AWARD WINNERS
THAI GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL VISIT
NOVICES STRIKE GOLD
WHY PRACTICE KARATE OR KICKBOXING
BREATHING TECHNIC
SPARRING AND FIGHTING STRATEGY
BAG WORK
ASTHMA AND KICKBOXING
BASIC TIPS
STRETCHING
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Which Martial Art is the Best.
 
It depends on you preference, whether you wish to take part in
Full Contact of Light Contact
 
Then Kickboxing is the Best for You!
 
If you wish to take part in
Semi-Contact
 
Then Karate is the Best for You!
 
We teach BOTH!
 
So the Choice is Yours!

Why do Karate or Kickboxing
 
There are lots of reasons to consider taking up Karate/kickboxing. Below are some benefits to taking up karate for you to consider, as well as some of my thoughts concerning those reasons.
 
Self-Defence

Probably the most common reason for someone to take up karate and one of the first an instructor will mention to a prospective student. Loads of people join karate classes with the desire to better defend themselves being at least one of the goals.

As well as learning physical skills, karate/kickboxing can help us to understand that a threatening situation may be around the corner and allow us to avoid it. Training can also give us strength and confidence that can better ward off potential thugs from a distance, as they usually prey on those who appear weak.

Your health
 
Karate/Kickboxing is one of the best forms of exercise you can get. There may be some that are more aerobic, others that are more strenuous. But, overall, karate ranks very highly. However, you do not have to be in perfect shape to do it, so it is perfect for anyone looking to improve their health and general well-being.

Take some minor precautions to ensure you get the maximum benefit from your kickboxing classes. Do you sufficiently warm up before stretching? Do you stretch out enough before training? Did you build up the muscular activity gradually (not just starting with jumping kicks)? Is your heart rate in its proper range? If you have any health questions or concerns, see you doctor.

"A Way of Life"
 
Some people may wish to try karate to live the "Bushido Way." Although this may seem noble to some, it is not all that practical in the modern world. To be ready for a self-defense encounter all the time is good. To act as though you're ready, though, may give people the impression that you are a freak. Keep that "Samurai" inside. There is nothing wrong with devoting a large chunk of your life to karate, but there are other aspects of life which need to be kept in balance.
 
Training to train
 
Some people just train to train. They need no particular reason. They like doing it. That's all there is to it. Sometimes this is good. Sometimes one just needs to sweat it out, to forget about all the things that happened at work or school that day. While training without a specific goal is good sometimes, though, if that is the way it is every day, chances are that development is being hampered. Training without thinking may impede progression. Sometimes this is fine. Sometimes, however, we need to focus our minds on the task at hand and think about our training, not just repeating moves mindlessly.

Why Not?
 
A very good friend of mine had a philosophy final exam that consisted of one question: "Why?" His answer was simply: "Why not?" Somehow, he passed. Don't worry if you don't have the perfect answer when people ask you why you do a martial art. You don't always need a reason to do something, especially when it's something as good as Freestyle Karate and Kickboxing