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:
Self defense as well as mastership of mind and body.

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.
This is also the reason for many differences in the techniques: Whereas Japanese stances are designed to look powerful and impressive, the Okinawan stances are rather small and thus more suitable for moving quickly in real fighting situations.

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.
Hate me!
Or love me!
I am what I am: a traditional Karateka.

   J. Measara

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