Karate: art of the physique and mind

Updated 2016-11-21 17:58:40 Ecns.cn
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Master Minoru leads the participants to practice basic moves of karate

Master Minoru leads the participants to practice basic moves of karate

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Master Minoru demonstrates how to defend from attacker

Master Minoru demonstrates how to defend from attacker

(ECNS) -- A karate introduction activity was held at the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Saturday. Karate fifth dan holder Imai Minoru, as well as members of Beijing Health Karate Club participated in the initiative.

Minoru, a Shorin-ryu school karate master, advocates that practicing the art is not only about strengthening physiques but also for mental growth, which helps one better adapt to different environments and get along with different people.

"The core philosophy of this karate school actually originated from China which adopted thought of Indian Buddhism," said Minoru, adding that "the goal of practicing karate is not to harm others but to know how to protect oneself."

After explaining certain concepts, master Minoru guided participants in learning basic moves and demonstrated some self-defense skills with his colleagues.

Two volunteers were then picked and soon learned how to block attacks from different directions. From resisting one simple attack to quickly reacting to a sequence of complex attacks, volunteers quickly grasping some skills wowed the audience.

"I barely knew anything about karate before, but this presentation got me quite interested. Now I would like to be acquainted with it more," one person said.

In the end, members of Beijing Health Karate Club from different countries delivered a performance including chopping wooden boards and giving children the chance to practice.

The activity is one of many events held by the Japanese embassy in November, the China-Japan cultural exchange month.

"I'm fond of Japanese culture therefore I come whenever there is an event here. They are all very fascinating," said a Chinese participant.

Karate has been included as one of the competitions at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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