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Children’s Exercise

Written by Oliver. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Karate Black Belt Grading Essay. by Oliver Andrews

It’s important for children and Teenagers to exercise because otherwise the world would be overly obese and that would be bad, because the people who are obese would consume a lot more food and the world would be on a food shortage. But even more importantly if you’re healthy it would give you more you less of a chance to have heart attacks and diabetes.

If you don’t keep exercising you will gradually become more and more anti-social because you’re probably just going to spend all day looking at a computer screen. The Times newspaper has even quoted that it is extremely important for children to exercise because if they don’t all of them will grow up to be anti-social and they’ll grow less and less popular, even if you want to be a gamer when you’re older it is still very important to exercise.

Usually schools do Two P.E lessons a week for an hour which is good but if you can, try to write a diary and set yourself a goal to keep losing more and more weight until you are below your goal, after you’ve achieved your goal start again and aim higher this time and so on till you think you are fit.

It is also important for children to exercise because otherwise they will not be good team workers and will grow up to do everything on their own. Martial arts offers protection against bullies and other things, it will also give you a better chance if you ever get into a fight to block and other things to defend yourself. It offers the skill of making yourself a good team worker because you have to work with other people in your class and it helps you to learn new sequences of moves such as katas and forms which is good to develop your brain.

Martial arts is very good because(like we discussed earlier) it keeps you very fit unlike some sports like chess(which is recognized as a sport by the international Olympic committee in 1999) Karate and other martial arts keep you fit by making sure your arms and legs are being used a lot to block, attack, lock, throw and hold down. Martial arts use your tummy muscles a lot too because you need to know how to tense if a punch or a kick is thrown at you which karate also trains you for by doing sparring which is essentially safe fighting.   You also become more flexible from the different stretching exercises and stronger from doing certain things like holding a deep stance.


June Timetable changes – Wednesday 5th to Monday 10th June

Written by bryan. Posted in Updates

KE Squad, British Karate team, Karate England, IKU, Karate championsAs recently mentioned we are making some temporary changes to the timetable in June as Lindsey and Bryan are away competing in Slovenia.


Please note the following dates on your calendar:

Fitness Classes

Monday 3rd June: We are changing the Monday morning class (10–11am) to Body Combat instead of Zumba.


Wednesday 5th June: The evening class (7-8pm) will be a Zumba class instead of Body Combat.


Friday 7th June: The morning class (10-11am) will be a Zumba class instead of Body Combat.


Monday 10th June: The evening class (7.30-8.30pm) will be a Zumba class instead of Body Combat.


Children’s Combat Groove Classes

Wednesday 5th June: Combat Groove is cancelled today.


Friday 7th June: Combat Groove is cancelled today.


Squad Training

Thursday 6th June: Squad training is cancelled today.


All other classes remain unchanged with other coaches covering them.

Normal class timetable will resume on Tuesday 11th June.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us on 01256 364104.


Brainy Black Belts

Written by bryan. Posted in Health and Fitness

According to the BBC a Martial Arts Black Belt’s skill in punching has more to do with his brains rather than his brawn. This is what the article had to say on the subject.  

Karate punching power ‘all in the brain’

By Jonathan Ball BBC News

Brain images Black belts show structural differences in specific parts of their brains (in white)
Packing an impressive karate punch has more to do with brain power than muscle power, according to research.

In a close-range punching contest described in Cerebral Cortex, experts consistently out-hit novices. Scientists peered deep into the brains of the experts to reveal alterations in regions controlling movement. These changes were linked with better coordination and speed of punch, a team from Imperial College London and University College London concluded.

Karate punch The research shows that experts consistently out-punch novices

Ed Roberts from Imperial College London, who led the study, said: “The karate black belts were able to repeatedly coordinate their punching action with a level of coordination that novices can’t produce. We think that ability might be related to fine tuning of neural connections in the cerebellum.” To determine the speed of the punch, the researchers filmed and timed the movement of the infrared sensors attached to shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips of the people. The study of brain structure and function has been accelerated by the development of new medical imaging techniques, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The current study used a special MRI technique called Diffusion Tensor Imaging. This is useful in the investigation pharmacy of a variety of brain disorders such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, brain abscesses and brain tumors.

Brain image The brain’s grey matter stains more darkly than white matter

The brain contains two main types of tissue – grey and white matter. The regions controlling and coordinating movement are known as the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex and are composed of both. However, the study showed that changes in the structure of the white matter were associated with improved coordination. Changes in white matter structure have been observed in other individuals engaged in repetitive physical activity – pianists for example – and can also be induced simply by thought. In a study published in the journal PNAS, the authors showed that regular meditation resulted in white matter changes in regions of the brain associated with emotion. Commenting on his findings, Dr Roberts said: “Most research on how the brain controls movement has been based on examining how diseases can impair motor skills. “We took a different approach, by looking at what enables experts to perform better than novices in tests of physical skill.” Also, by looking at healthy subjects, it is hoped that scientists will gain a better understanding of how movement is controlled. One of the main diseases affecting white matter is multiple sclerosis (MS). This is a chronic degenerative disease that affects millions of people around the world. But the cause of MS remains unknown.

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