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Karate & Jiu Jitsu In Encinitas: 7 Facts You Probably Don’t Know

While we are a school of karate, we love learning about all types of martial arts. This includes karate, as well as jiu jitsu in Encinitas. These are two of the most popular options for kids and teens and while you might know a bit about these martial arts, here are a few facts you might not have known.

1. Karate Will Be An Olympic Sport
Wrestling has been a part of the Olympics since the early games of Ancient Greece, and judo has been around since the 1964 summer games in Tokyo. However, these were the only two martial arts-style events in the Olympics. Karate will be featured for the first time during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which is fitting since karate developed on the Japanese islands of Okinawa.

2. Olympic Competition Will Be Divided Into Two Categories
There will be two distinct karate events at the 2020 games. These include Kata, which will deal specifically with forms, and Kumite, which features sparring. Hopefully, this will inspire some of our young athletes to continue their karate training and perhaps compete in a future Olympics themselves.

3. Skill Means More Than Size
While a football player might need to be bulky and a basketball player might need to be tall, you can be a huge success in martial arts, no matter how small your stature. For those taking karate or jiu jitsu in Encinitas, it might interest you to learn that some of the most prominent and important figures in martial arts were not tall or overly muscular. For instance, Bruce Lee, considered the modern father of martial arts, was only average height, around 5’7”. Helio Gracie, one of the founders of Gracie jiu-jitsu, was about 5’9”. Neither of these men was particularly tall or large, but they were mighty during sparring. This was due more to skill and practice than any other factors.

4. Jiu Jitsu Is A Kinder, Gentler Martial Art
If you’ve ever watched a sparring match between two practitioners of jiu jitsu, the words kind and gentle might not have crossed your mind. However, when translated from Japanese, jiu translates to “gentle” or “soft” while jitsu translates to “art.” Therefore, jiu jitsu is a “gentle art.”

5. The Karate Kid Is Part Of The DC Universe
Long before there was a movie called “The Karate Kid,” there was a comic book superhero known as Karate Kid. The alter-ego of Val Armorr, Karate Kid was an expert of the highest order in all known forms of martial arts throughout the galaxy. When the producers were making the movie, “The Karate Kid,” they had to request permission from DC Comics to use the title.

6. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Sparked The UFC
Long ago (ok, 1993), the first Ultimate Fighting Championship was held. While the fighters in the UFC could use any type of martial art they wanted, one of the main reasons this tournament was held was to showcase the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Royce Gracie, largely responsible for the rise of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the United States, won the first four UFC tournaments, demonstrating how this style of martial arts could be used to defeat a larger opponent. During the tournament, Gracie (who is 6’0) ultimately defeated Gerard Gordeau to win UFC, despite the fact that this opponent was five inches taller and more than 30 pounds heavier.

7. There Are Multiple Types Of Karate
As individual martial arts evolve, different fighting styles and philosophies tend to emerge. This is certainly true of karate, which has developed into several different types including Kyokushin, Shotokan, Shorin, Goju, Isshin-Ryu and quite a few more. Some styles combine multiple types of martial arts, while others are quite distinctive. Kobudo, for example, is a primarily weapons-based form of karate. The founder of Team MAI, Sensei Jeff Clark, has a certification in Kobudo as well as earning black belts in Karate (5th degree) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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