The word karate is a combination of two kanji (Chinese characters): kara, meaning empty, and te, meaning hand; thus, karate means “empty hand.” Adding the suffix “-dō” (pronounced “daw”), meaning “the way/path,” karate-dō, implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense applications. In traditional karate-dō, one is supposed to compete and strive to excel against him/herself.
Different Types of Yoga
Yoga is much more than just poses. Derived from the Sankrit word “yuj” which means “to unite or integrate”; yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various breathing techniques, yoga postures (asanas) and meditation.
Hatha Yoga is the branch of yoga that concentrates on physical health and mental well-being.
Yin Yoga allows us to work the deeper “yin” connective tissues of our ligaments, joints, deep fascial networks, and even our bones.
Vinyasa style practice emphasizes a continuous flow of movement using sun salutations, dynamic breathing and long holdings.
Tae Kwon Do (also known as Taekwondo) is the art of self-defense that originated in Korea. It is recognized as one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world, reaching back over 2,000 years. The name was selected for its appropriate description of the art: Tae (foot), Kwon (hand), Do (art).