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There are many different styles of martial arts and the most popular among them is the martial art Karate. What sets the martial art Karate apart from the rest is how and why it was developed? It was developed from the indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands, under the influence of Chinese martial arts, out of the basic necessity of survival by peaceful people and became a way of life. Karate became a formalized martial art that developed in Okinawa as a way of defending a culture against armed warriors.


The martial art Karate in its purest form is an art of self-defense without the use of weapon. It is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife hands, spear hands, and palm heel strikes executed in circular or linear thrusting and striking motions.

In some styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital point strikes are also taught. Combining these techniques with proper breathing and body position, forming animal like stances, Karate becomes a self-defense system worthy of defending against an armed or unarmed assailant or adversarial challenge.

Karate is practiced in what is called a “Dojo” the Japanese term for training arena. But can be practiced basically anywhere. A karate practitioner is called a Karateka.


Karate is unique in its powerful strikes a practitioner can deliver to an opponent or enemy. Through several hours of training, Karate practitioners develop both physical and mental strengths that make them seem like super human in nature.


There are numerous benefits a practitioner can derive from practicing karate but the most significant one is that it builds extremely strong bodies. A practitioner will not only develops a bodily strength, but in the mind as well. This keeps the Karate practitioner fit, young and healthy.


Modern day Karate has developed gradually into a mixture of many martial arts. Traditionally, there were only two types of kicks:

1. The back kick and

2. The front kick.

Today, you find just about every type of kick within Karate, which was influenced by sport Karate. Karate was never intended to be a sport, but only for defense in life or death confrontations.



Karate has five fundamentals or basic techniques. They include:



Stances are considered to be first step in karate training and are common to all type of karate. Stances are combat postures that keep your body balanced. Correct practice of postures like a frozen leg helps to maximize defense strategy.



Strikes are one of the essential moves especially strikes on sensitive body parts like nose, neck, throat and ear will help karate trained person to overcome any situation. It involves the application of both on hands and legs. Arms and fist are used to defend.




Punches are the best and easy to follow technique as the feet are on ground, fist can be positioned and utilized easily. Punches are similar to strikes but punches utilize only the knuckles of the fist and fast repetition of punches is effective for defensive measures.



Karate kicks are powerful kicks. A perfect kick requires flexibility and stable stance. Every single part of the foot will spring back in different ways. The heels, edges of the foot, all are used for kicking. Kicks are easy for target but difficult to master for the return of foot, which is known as landing. It requires control on the knee and balance before as well as after kicking.



Blocks as its name imply are the defensive moves on counter attack. Most karate blocks are hands moves but legs can also be trained to block.


What is Karate?

what is karateWhat is Karate?  Karate is a Japanese style of martial art which primarily focuses on hand techniques.  Practitioners train extensively for hours and hours perfecting striking and blocking techniques.  Kicking is not the main focus  but is still practiced.  Most of us remember the movie “The Karate Kid“, dealing with bullies and the frustration of having to fight to survive in school.  Who could forget the Cobra Kai dojo?  The bad guys!

The movie, although entertaining is not what most martial arts schools are about.  Focus, self control, integrity, courtesy, perseverance and modesty are most of the true values taught in training.   What is Karate?  That’s really what it is all about.  The art of fighting without fighting.  Learn how to fight so you don’t need or have to prove yourself to anyone.

That movie brings back memories of my training but in a different way.  I never got to wax my car, paint a fence or anything as thrilling as that, while I trained.  But, I did repeat, repeat and repeat punches and kicks till the point my body couldn’t take it any more.  I learned from repetition and the three D’s.  (Discipline, Discipline and Discipline).

When I trained in Shotokan style, it was not geared toward having any fun.  We did walking drills back and forth across large room, for 90 minutes, twice a week.  We would focus on hip movement and blocking with our knees inward, so to prevent groin kicks from hitting us.  It was never really thrilling but it did teach me how to use my hips and find ways to make training much more enjoyable for everyone.

When you ask what is Karate to a Japanese stylist, they get very serious about the definition and lineage of their master instructor.  I always liked hearing about the lineage but I never got into the mindset that I had the only knowledge that was out there.  My instructors were not the only ones that could do martial arts.  So, if you are any stylist, you should be the best at what you do and not get too hung up on the small stuff.

Mixed Martial Arts Wausau

You don’t have to get slammed in the head, knocked down to the ground or thrown into a cage to to know how to use mixed martial arts techniques.  You don’t even have to be a cage fighter to get the benefits of martial arts training.  All you have to have is the desire to learn what to do.

George Foreman, one of  the best boxers of all time, used to train hard but not get hit too hard when training.  He would save getting hit really powerfully for fighting in the ring.   That would keep him fresh and avoid injuries.  He had one of the longest and most successful boxing careers.  Sometimes training with that mentality, can keep you from getting injured.  If you get injured, you are not training during the time you are recovering.  So, train with safety in mind and keep yourself from getting injured by working solid with your moves, stretching, warming up and train with safety in mind.

Mixed Martial Arts training gives you the ability to train less traditonally but work the core fundamentals of fighting.  Fighters train using many different styles but eliminate the traditional aspects to speed their learning.  They learn the moves without traditional kata training and just get to the bare essentials of what needs to be learned, to get the job done.

One style that shares that concept of training is called Krav Maga.  This system, uses attacks and defenses to fend off attackers and emphasizes getting away.  The system works off the principal of get it done now and get the heck out of there.  They use elbows, knees, kicks and strikes and do not do any traditional training like Katas.  They just get into the fighting aspect of things and how to deal with fighting situations.

With that concept of training, students sometimes lack the moral teachings of martial arts.  Teaching about respect, courtesy, and integrity are not something that needs to be dealt with in those situations, so it is not trained.  With that comes more of a gladiator mentality.  As a parent, we want our children to defend themselves but to a point.   We don’t want them hurting others in school because they could get hurt or hurt someone else.   So as a parent, you really need to enforce the moral values that are not taught through  mixed martial arts training.  You will have to take a more active role in their training.  Some schools teach about morals and others do not.

Just remember that mixed martial arts training teaches how to get the job done quickly but responsibilty needs to be taught at the parental level or some training can be neglected.


Karate Verbal Techniques

Using Karate verbal techniques is one of the best ways to deal with an attacker.  Sometimes the best karate move is to do no move at all.  Use your brain first, then work out a solution.  Punching first, then dealing with the consequences can get you in a lot of trouble.  So what is a good thing to do when dealing with problem children?

One of the best martial arts techniques used today to combat bullying is to use karate verbal technique skills.  Instructors that only focus on punching and kicking are leaving students without the proper “skill set”  to handle kids, that bully.

In our Martial Arts school, we teach the first thing you need to know is what to say.  When a child calls you “stupid” you can turn it around into a joke instead of front snap kicking them to the jaw.  For example, you could respond saying something like, “thanks for noticing, my mom always said I was dumber than a box of rocks when I wake up in the mornings”  or “thanks for noticing, could you tutor me?”.

By usuing humor, you distract the bully from having control of the situation.   Bullies do not know how to handle the situation at that point, because it is more fun for a bully, only  if you fight back.  When you turn it around into humor, it ruins most of the fun.

Most parents prefer their children defend themselves without physical violence.  One of the main reasons is that their child or the bully could be hurt.  That could lead to disiplinary action from school or police.  Either direction could be trouble for parents and children.  Parents could be fined and children can be suspended or expelled.

Most schools have a non bullying policy but not all schools follow through with bully problems.  Some schools hope the problem will just go away.  Others take a proactive approach and try to deal with problems right away.

A Karate way to deal with it could be, to take no action.  If you do not react, hopefully the bully will go away.  But, when the bully comes back again and again, you need to do something.  Then you have to choose violence or verbal strategies.  Verbal strategies are a safer way and give you a safer alternative to dealing with bullies.  If you can’t fight for anything, then use your brain.

Turn the attact into a joke and difuse the problem.  Then you have time to tell the priciple about the bully and let adults deal with them.

Wausau Karate

When you train in Martial Arts, in our Wausau Karate school, you look for what you think works best to defend yourself. Sometimes you are not sure what moves work well and what does not. I have alway worked off the premise that if it does not work 95 percent of the time, get rid of the move.

Sometimes flashy moves look really cool but they don’t have a practical purpose. Some moves are effective but a little, overkill, which can get you into legal troubles if you use them. Some get you away and create distance from you and an attacker.

Escaping your opponent is the most intelligent choice because you are getting a great result and are not causing any damage to anyone. Moves that get you away work well in school situations, where fighting is not allowed and you resolve a conflict by only escaping.

Sometimes escaping is not enough and you have to hurt your attacker. You have to determine how much damage is enough to get rid of an aggressor. If you look at the news and wonder about the “stand your ground rules”, like in the George Zimmerman case, you can see the issue of defending yourself but going too far. When self defense turns into offense, things get a bit messy. The law allows you to defend yourself but not to go beyond what is reasonable to get away.

If someone hits you with a pipe and you take the pipe away from them, you are not allowed to smack them with it, even though they may have done it too you.

You would be just as guilty as the attacker in the eyes of the law.
So you have to learn how too defend yourself without going too far.

Title Double End Bag

If you are looking for the ultimate experience in bag training, look no further than TITLE Double End Bags. You will work your speed, accuracy and timing doing a workout that can leave your heart pumping.
The everlast bag is made of either durable vinal or leather. The best part is you don’t need a huge bag taking up half your home because this bag conveniently can be taken down and hidden away easily. At our Wausau Karate school we leave it out because it is always ready for use. But at home you can just put it away and bring it out when you need it.

You will want an accessory, the Everlast Double End Heavy Bag Anchor
which fills easily with water and can be moved with ease when you want it out of the way. The holder is very durable and has a water bladder which is much easier to deal with than the alternative, sand. You can empty the bag quickly and store it with ease as compaired to halling around a sand bag and trying to find a place to put that.

One other accessory to your Mixed Martial Arts training is a pair of Harbinger Bag Glove WristWrap (Black)
bag gloves. You can get a which can be used for light or heavy bag training. You can also use the gloves to get used to the feel of having gloves on when training for a fight.
This type of glove really supports your wrists during training and helps prevent injuries. This is an easy approach to wrapping your hands properly without having to know how to properly tape wrap them. It’s kind of the easy way of handling the wrapping of your hands.

Karate Birthday Party

Let your child experience the martial arts with a Karate birthday party at Premier Martial Arts. You do not have to be a member of our program to have a party. All you need is the desire to be a Martial Artist for the day. Each child will learn about self control, discipline, “cool” karate kicks, how to deal with strangers and participate in a real karate class with their friends.

After pizza, cake and opening of presents, we will play some dodge-ball games to have a blast.

The birthday child gets to cut the cake with a real sword (With instructors help)

Our parties include:

Soda or Juice
Plastic utensils

Minimum of five children, only $9.00 per child, cake is not included. Maximum of 40 per party. Party length is two hours. Usual day for party is on Saturdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

If you would like more information please call, 715-355-4222.