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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

Martial Art taught at young age

By S.H.Moulana

Reputed schools have started to teach young kids karate – the martial art as young as 9-10 years of age.

Karate was developed from indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands.

Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands and palm heel strikes.

Historically and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints and vital-point strikes are also taught.

A karate practitioner is called a karateka. Belts are awarded to students in the following stages: White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown and Black and the additional qualification for one to get the black belt is that he should be 15 years of age or above.

The American actress and fashion model known for her roles on the NBC shows once said: “I actually take karate and tae-kwon-do.

And so I love sparing and grappling and all that physical stuff.

I studied a hybrid form of grappling, sparring and self-defense; it’s more of a ‘get yourself in shape’; and if you want to take it to the next level, so you are really learning valuable skills with self-defense and I really enjoy it.”

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A karate graduation ceremony at Saud International School Riyadh, with the children, instructor and the parents
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