Being a traditional Japanese martial art, Karate unites spiritual and philosophical
aspects with effective fighting techniques which are perfectly suitable for
self-defense. Along with discipline and meditation, strength, speed, pain-tolerance
and good reflexes play an important role - just like they do in real fighting.
"Karate-Do" could be translated as "the way of the empty hand", or to put it in other words: the art of self-defense without weapons. By exercising this art, the entire body improves it's power, speed, stamina and coordination skills.
Karate-Do is the result of the development of ancient weaponless fighting
techniques in Asia throughout more than 14 centuries. These techniques were
originally brought from India to China by Boddidharma, where they were developed
to Kung Fu by the now world famous Shaolin monks.
Via travellers and businessmen visiting the Japanese islands, these techniques finally reached Okinawa, where they mixed with local fighting methods.
Today, Karate-Do is one of the most efficient ways for self defense. Since
Karate-Do extends beyond movements and techniques to spirit, consciousness and
development of the student's personality, you can follow the Karate way from
childhood to old age.
The Shorin - Ryu Seibukan Karate taught by Jamal Measara s directly
originates in Okinawa / Japan and is the oldest of all known styles. Whereas
nowadays Karate is commonly seen as a sport or fighting discipline, this
particular style respects the original nature of Karate:
Unlike many other styles being taught in the rest of Japan which are
mainly optimized for fighting in competitions, the character of this style
is peaceful and defensive.
Moreover, Okinawa Karate includes exercises and movements based on ancient eastern traditions for increasing health, as well as strengthening internal and external organs.
Jamal Measara :A traditional Karateka.
"Practice what you preach or don't preach at all, for otherwise
you will finally deny yourself.
There are teachers who teach sport Karate without practicing it themselves, for they are unable to.
The traditional old art is not a sport but an advanced art in combat self defence, health and mind. A normal person can practice this art not only during youth, but for the whole life.
Many Karatekas hate me for boldly telling them what I think; however others appreciate my direct honesty.
Or love me!
I am what I am: a traditional Karateka."
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