Karate (空手) allows the study of blows with different parts of the body.
Karate is a martial arts discipline with 
techniques which aim to attack ( atemi (当 身)) or to defend ( uke ()) using different body parts : fingers (nukite),  open hands (shutos) and closed hands (tsuki), forearm (uke), feet (geri), elbows (hiji), knees (eg hiza geri), ...



  A combat sport, is it good exercise for my child?

Karate as a sports activity, enters fully into the category of educational and athletic sport.
For children, karate is
more concerned with mastering the techniques they will practice: learning to control fists and feet, a well worked laterality and control shots. This is the general motor skills that will be strengthened.

Beginning from 4 years old and with no age limit,
karate is a sport for all
, which can be started at any time of life.

To gain mastery of these combat techniques, teaching has three complementary areas of study:

the Kihon (基本), kata (or ) and kumite (組 手).

  • Kihon (meaning "basic technique") is to repeat individually and mostly in groups techniques, positions and movements. Practiced alone or with a partner.
  • Kata (which means "form") is a codified and structured sequence of techniques, representing a real fight against several almost simultaneous virtual attackers aiming at the formation of the body, the acquisition of automatic reflexes and transmission of secret techniques. The kata goes beyond the purely technical aspect by allowing the practitioner, after a lot of practice, to strive for perfect movements (some might say the dancing fighters).
  • The final area is the kumite or the fight. It can be practiced without protection, with pre-determined attacks but also by wearing protection, in the form of free fighting. Victory can be on points or forfeit. (Wikipedia)     

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