Karate: A perfect self-defence technique
The Karate Kid is one of my all time favorite movies. I have watched it repeatedly and yet I replay it every now and then whenever I can spare some hours. Yesterday, after watching the news, I suddenly felt like watching The Karate Kid again. As I started watching it, suddenly, a weird yet fascinating thought crossed my mind. Karate can be a way of self defence for kids if they are trained up.
Karate is a sport and like any other sports it can be a passion. Within a blink of the eye, I wanted to tell this to young readers yesterday. Thus, I immediately called Nurul Huda Babu and his wife Rehana Akter Munni who have been training kids, women and elders since the early nineties.
After talking to them, I found out that Karate is not a mere sport for many; it is a part of their daily routine. It is a lifestyle, and this lifestyle benefits as any other physical activities -- Yoga or meditation, do. The couple is currently providing sessions in Gulshaan and Uttara and they organize 3-4 classes per week for each group. Women, men, elders and most importantly, kids in large numbers are joining their sessions.
Develop focus and perseverance
The various exercises achieved in Karate classes help to improve focus on particular things. This can be valid for both school training sessions and solo practice sessions during leisure at home. Kids learn self control and discipline automatically. "As Karate requires a lot of focus, they automatically become self contained and they don't need to be watched over. They become honest to themselves and the parents no need to guard their kids", shared Rehana.
Compaction and teamwork
Karate teaches kids that they don't have to prove themselves to other kids rather give them the assurance of being complete within themselves. Kids are encouraged and try to bring out the best in everyone. It boosts their social skills too. It also helps them to develop healthy competitive spirit and eases their mind of jealousy or envy.
According to Rehana, "Kids are like soft clay. Shaping their mind in a just order is very essential for moral development. Karate erases all sorts of unfair or envious notions from the kid's mind and gives it a healthy thinking ambience."
Respect and Confidence
Karate practices help to develop respect for themselves and others. "Learning self-defence technique can give a shy kid more confidence in the school. If the kid is bullied at school, the parents might not even know about it as the kid might feel shy but Karate hives him the confidence to walk with head held high" shared Rehana.
"Advancing in belt status fosters a sense of pride and boost self-esteem. They are also well aware about the result of hard work. As this skills and pride are achieved, a kid contains the ego instead of instigating rude gestures towards others" she added.
Karate also makes sure that the kids are maintaining the techniques for a good health according to their age preferences. Practicing push-ups and other body-weight strength training moves enhance strength and balance. Kids develop a life-long love for fitness and this practice also keeps diseases away from them.
"Every Karate session begins with warm-up rounds and exercise. It's a practice and part of the class activity, so everyone is bound to exercise" mentioned Nurul.
More importantly, Karate teaches kids to be aware of the surroundings and avoid dangers. "Kids learn to get safety and avoid negative influences. Whenever they sense danger, they tend to either avoid or fight back in self defence. Considering the recent crimes rates and abuse against children, I think it is very essential for all kids to be able to protect themselves" said Nurul.
"Learning Karate eliminates fear from the mind and when a kid can fight its inner fear, it can fight every other danger as well" said Rehana.
This couple welcomes all the kids and youths to be a part of Karate family. Karate can also be practiced by watching videos or live online classes. Being fit and strong is a gift and there is nothing safer than being one's own body guard.