Over the last few days, we have been talking about what is martial arts and which is best. So now it’s time to help you find the right one for you. Each day for the next week, I will post a short guide to one type of Marital Arts. Today we are looking at Karate!

Originates from: Japan

Physical style:  ones that hit /ones that wrestle /ones that hit and wrestle

Karate is probably the style that most people first think off when they think about martial arts. White suits, black belts and lots of “hyaaahs!” Maybe it is something to do with a certain famous film series.

Karate is a striking system from Japan which incorporates kicking and punching, as well as other body strikes such as knees and elbows.

Karate means empty fist so generally it is an unarmed system, although you can study weapons training in certain styles.

There are many different styles of karate depending on where they originate from or how they evolved over time, but they generally fall under the hands and feet striking system from Japan.

Some popular styles of Karate include Shotokan, Shukokai, Wador-yu and Gokan-ryu.

Karate is one of the most common systems out there, with classes for all ages and abilities, so it’s a great way for you to start your martial arts journey.

Fore more information on Karate check out the British Karate Federation and stay tuned for our future blogs where will be looking at other types of martial arts, tomorrow will be Judo.

Have you tried Karate before? How did it help you? Let us know your experiences in the comments below.

If you’re interested in adding some martial arts training to your fitness routine, or you just really want to hit something after a hard day, then get in contact!


Ben has been teaching martial arts to people of all ages and abilities for over 12 years. He can help you incorporate different aspects of martial arts into fun, effective workouts. Contact him on 07707 116372 for info on one-to-one training and small group classes.