The first question people ask is why is there different Karate styles. Is Karate not just karate, and the short answer is No.
So why is there different styles and what is the differences
First lets have a look at a few of the differences. A lot of the movements like kicks / blocks / punches would look the same but each style would be after tweaking things to make up there own style of karate.
Also when it comes to the karate competitions from the different styles. They will have total different rules for each of there own competition. Like for example shotokon karate has no contact and Kyokushin Karate is a full contact style. Because of the different rules it is important to choose a style that you are happy to take part in.
Why Did Karate Styles split
How did karate split like this. In plane old english really. Its just the same old story. Two people can’t agree on something. So one person goes away and starts his own style with his own rules and changes around a lot of the punches and kicks to suit his own style of fighting. He gives his karate style a name and he because this person started this style he is now the grand master.
Below is a List of the more popular styles of karate.
Kudo (or Daidojuku)
So is it a good or bad thing to have so many different Karate Styles
In our opinion it is a Good thing. Why you might ask. Well for starters every person is made different. So that means the way you do a head kick will be slightly different from the way I do a head kick. So if you are looking to learn karate for self defence find a style that will suit your body not a style that just looks good when someone else is doing it.Plus if its for.
Plus if you start Karate for the competition side of the sport Have a look at there rules first and see if it is something that you will be interested in. Because there is no point learning a sport for a few year only to discover that the karate style they do in the club in the next town suits you more.
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