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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.


Wausau Karate Demonstration

Premier Mixed Martial Arts did a Karate demonstration at the Wisconsin Valley Fair, on Wednesday, July 31st in Wausau.  We did an variety of kicks, punches, throws, weapons, flips and Ju Jitsu during the wausau karate demonstration.

We demonstrated how children and adults do different techniques at various training levels.  These techniques get more and more difficult to do, depending on the advancement of rank.  Beginners work on more core strengthening to build them up to a level where they can do very challenging kicks.  Most beginning techniques are used consistently during their entire martial arts training.

We had students from our Wausau, Schofield and Antigo locations participating in the martial arts demonstration.  Mr. Salazar did some very acrobatic kicking techniques and Ryan Loos got to mix it up with Mr. S. to add some flare to the moves.

After everyone had done their part, we let Wausau residents try out some self defense techniques to see if they would be effective for them.  Everyone had a great time and Jeff Gorr tied some sword balloons for the younger children.  Some children got a free week of martial arts lessons to try at the Premier Mixed Martial Arts Schofield location.

Awesome job everyone!

Logan even got to do an armbar on Mr. Malone.  Ouch, that sure hurt!

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.

Self Defense

The other day, I had a student come in to my Dojo, that had trained in Martial Arts for about one year.  I asked what moves he knew to defend himself, if he was grabbed.  He said, that “he did not know any  self defense moves”.  I was pretty shocked at the comment and asked him what he knew?

He knew how to do kicks and punches but only from punching/kicking range.  He did not know what to do if someone was right next to him.  That to me is a big issue, because a person that does not work on self defense from a closer range is missing a very big area in their training.  What if someone tackles you, grabs you from behind or simply holds on to you?   You obviously can’t ask them to let go, so you can feel comfortable, then hit him from a reasonable distance from you.  So, what do you do?

First, you better bring yourself up to speed.    Ask your instructor what to do if someone gets a hold of you and hopefully he has a good answer.  Sometimes things get overlooked because you are too busy learning competition moves and not taking the time to work on other things.

Second, if your instructor does not do any self defense, go to you-tube.com and ask some questions.  You are likely to get a million answers.  See what works for you and keep it simple so the moves will work under stress situations.

I have always felt that if you were attacked, had been trained and had to use your self defense moves, you should know what to do.   Doing something is better than doing nothing.  So, if you have questions about defending yourself ask you instructor to work on self defense techniques in class today.


Are you are wondering if Martial Arts training is a good choice for your child? Many parents are concerned that their children will learn to be more aggressive than others if they enroll in Taekwondo classes. This is a very big misconception.

What exactly is Taekwondo? The Korean art is known as the art of hand and foot fighting and a way of life. I was taught that half of your training was to develop physical skills and the other was to develop a strong moral values, especially discipline.

Children develop better listening skills, more self control/strategies to deal with difficult children, get more exercise and gain more confidence than other children with proper training in the martial arts. Children are easily influenced by television with all the violent shows available to them as well as role models with poor character traits, it’s no wonder a parent would have concerns.

In our Wausau Taekwondo training, (call 715-355-4222 for more information) a student learns how to show self discipline by practicing certain behavior traits. They lose belt ranking if they break any major rules, like hurting someone else, when their life is not in danger. If you pick a fight you, start, or cause a fight, you are not demonstrating black belt excellence. Therefore, you do not deserve to wear any rank higher than a white belt (beginner belt). Just this one method of dealing with poor behavior prevents and teaches students consequences for poor behavior, and that it is not acceptable to behave that way.

Your child may have a more difficult time working on self control, but that does not mean they should not get involved. That is how you fix your child. Don’t hide them hoping the problem will go away. If they get in trouble in Taekwondo training, they may have to go on a time out, or do some extra pushups but they have to start learning today. If you wait till they are teenagers and try to change their behaviors after years of problems, they will have developed patterns that will be difficult to break.