Karate Enriches Ones Life

We believe that Karate is a way of life, and students will learn respect and discipline that draggon they will carry into all aspects of their lives.  Karate increases confidence and self-esteem, and improves coordination, focus and balance, and increases awareness.


We believe that every student deserves the chance to learn to protect and defend themselves.shotokan

Our focus is in developing each individual student’s potential. We focus on learning self-defense which is the core of our system.  The basic techniques taught in every class build the foundation necessary to defend one’s life.

 

Live the Kata

kataHave you ever watched two people doing the same kata and even though the moves are the same, the kata looks different? You may have seen one person doing the moves and the other person “living  the fight”. It’s like calling a pot of hot water soup but if it doesn’t have flavor, is it really soup?

The person with purpose, isn’t thinking about the next move, instead they are immersed in the current move and they do not move on to the next move until their imaginary opponent is no longer a threat.

“The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants ”

― Gichin Funakoshi

 

Perseverance: What it means to keep going and never quit

perseverenceOne can plainly see the physical benefits of the martial arts but the mental side of martial arts is less apparent. There are many aspects to studying martial arts that are purely for the improvement of the individual spirit, honing the mind in the same way we train our body.

Perseverance is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty . It is synonymous with tenacity, persistence, and determination. A wise man once said “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength, but through perseverance”

Perseverance is a quality we feel is very significant and humbling here at Ling Kong Institute, and helps to create the next generation of life’s champions – but, of course, perseverance isn’t just about WINNING!, it’s about staying on track and believing in ourselves.ling-kong-logomk1

Remember Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before creating a working light bulb. If he had given up after one of those ten thousand, we would be sitting in the dark!

 

Shotokan Karate’s Influence on Korean Martial Arts

The word Kwan is a Korean word that literally means house, or school, but has the connotative meaning of a family or clan. In the 1940s the original five Kwan were funakoshi01established: Song Moo Kwan, Chung Do Kwan, Moo Do Kwan, Chang Moo Kwan, and Jidokwan. In the 1950s a further four Kwan were established: Han Moo Kwan, Oh Do Kwan, Kang Duk Won and Jung Do Kwan.

Song Moo Kwan founder Roh Byung Jick is said to have practiced as a child techniques that he saw practiced at local Buddhist temples. It is uncertain what exactly the martial art was that was practiced at these temples. Later in life Roh went to Japan to study where he practiced Shotokan Karate under Gichin Funakoshi.

Chung Do Kwan founder Lee Won Kyeok secretly practised Taekkyeon asong-moo-kwan-loyalty-500x383s a child. Later he also went to Japan to study and practiced Shotokan Karate under Gichin Funakoshi.

Chang Moo Kwan was founded by Yoon Byung In who had studied Kung Fu in Manchuria under a Mongolian instructor. He also practiced Shotokan Karate in Japan with Kanken Toyama.

Jido Kwan founder Chun Sang Sup practiced Shotokan Karate under Gichin Funakoshi in Japan.

 

The Karate Way

shotokanThe word karate is a combination of two Japanese characters: kara, meaning empty, and te, meaning hand. Therefore karate means “empty hand. Upon Adding the suffix “-do” , meaning “way,” karatedo, implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense applications.

Karate Do practitioners have the opportunity to share in and enjoy a multi-layered physical and metaphysical experience on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery.

Benefits from a Long term Martial Arts Training: 

  • Self discipline
  • Self confidence
  • Self defense
  • Improve Concentration, Awareness and Perception
  • Increase Stamina and Coordination
  • Build stronger Body, Mind and Spirit
  • Bring Balance to your life

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Qigong/ ChiGong/ Chi-Kung

Qigong (pronounced “chee gong”) is a simple, efficient, and effective method for helping you experience your optimal health, wellness, and happiness; helping you heal physical and emotional pain; and enhancing the quality of your life and the lives of others.

Qigong is comprised of four parts that all work together:qigong1
  • Breathing
  • Gentle movements (Qigong Healing Movement)
  • Mental focus
  • Sound
Qigong Tips:
  • Breathe slowly, gently, deeply
  • Let your body relax
  • Focus on feeling the energy
  • Do these movements standing, sitting or lying down

As you breathe in, gently draw your abdomen in a little. As you breathe out, let your abdomen out. Breathing this way increases the communication of your yin and yang energies.

Gently place the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Your tongue is an energy switch that connects your body’s two main energy channels.

Keep your hands and fingers open. When you open your hands and fingers, you open your energy channels. When you close your hands and fingers, you close your energy channels.

Having a balanced, smoothly-flowing energy is the key to experiencing and maintaining your optimal health and wellness.

Each active exercise also provides a specific additional benefit:
cute-yin-yang-symbol-tattoo-on-neck-3In Chinese teaching there are two types of energy: yin and yang. Everything in the universe is comprised of yin and yang energy. You can think of it as female and male or like the negative and positive charges of a magnet or battery.

One of the reasons you get sick is that your yin and yang energies are out of balance.

Qigong techniques are designed to bring your yin and yang energies back into balance to help you be the best you can be.

Enter Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan means “Grand Ultimate Boxing”. It is a fighting style that uses the philosophy of the grand ultimate, or Tai Chi the Yin Yang symbol. It is based on duality. This ancient Taoist martial art in the beginning stages uses slow, flowing movements to develop relaxation, leg strength, and inner power chi/qi. Tai Chi Chuan is an introspective tai-chi2art that makes you spiritually and physically aware, improving your physical and mental balance. This form eventually develops into a superior fighting art that loses preconception and exists in the now. One reacts fluidly with speed and agility, being able to adapt to any situation.

The orthodox internal martial arts, namely Xing Yi Quan, Tai Chi Chuan and Ba Gua Zhang , have all incorporated Taoist techniques of breathing, meditation and medical theory into their methods of power, development nei kung and fighting movements. Although the resultant arts are superior as systems of health cultivation and physical development, health was not the primary concern of the developers of these styles. The primary focus of any martial art is, by definition, martial. The wedding of Taoist practices and martial technique came about because the masters felt movement in accordance with natural principles performed in a meditative state of mind was the quickest way of realizing the goal of absolute potential as a martial artist fighter.

The basic postural requirements for Tai Chi Chuan practice (head floating up, shoulders sunk, chest lifted) are the physical prerequisites of unified body power. As in the other internal styles, the student begins by standing in static postures for a considerable length of time to cultivate the body’s peng jing body before singular postures are practiced and mastered one at a time. Single technique practice and issuing power are practiced until all the various postures of Tai Chi Chuan can be executed with whole body power. Finally, the student is taught to link the postures into a continuous sequence that trains sensitivity to postural changes and the ability to flow from one technique to the next without disconnecting the body. One of the fundamental reasons most Tai Chi Chuan forms are practiced slowly is ‘so the student can constantly adjust and monitor the body to make sure it is always moving in a unit. This is much easier to feel moving slowly than quickly.

Eventually, the student develops the body into a strong, supple unit which allows the frame to act as a spring against the ground enabling the boxer to absorb incoming energy and rebound it into the opponent This type of power is impossible unless the body is always maintained in a unit, just as a spring is one continuous thread of steel

tai-chi-chuancolorThe major difference between the internal and external martial arts is in how they are applied to a live opponent, as well as the various methods of training martial application. The students of both schools first develop their power, balance, feeling and body mechanics from solo training. The next step is to bridge the gap between form and function. This type of training will be determined mainly by a particular school’s theories of combat. The internal schools stress sticking to, following and going with the opponent’s power, borrowing energy, the avoidance of force against force directly, and the issuing of power only after one has “the right opportunity and advantageous position.” External styles vary greatly in theory (some following principles almost identical to the internal), but in general, whereas an external stylist may punch through his opponent’s defenses, the internal stylist never fully issues his power until he has the opponent in an unbalanced position either physically or spatially.

Most internal styles also have some variation of “push hands” practice. The primary purpose of pushing bands is to develop “listening energy” (ting jing) or become sensitive to outside pressure from the opponent in relation to one’s own balance. Finally, both internal and external martial artists practice footwork drills, repeated single-technique practice, issuing power on a live opponent, and eventually free sparring to develop practical fighting skill.