The roots of martial arts are almost impossible to define. If we take martial arts to mean fighting arts, then it is likely that it has been around as long as man.
As the roots of martial arts are difficult to trace, we move onto more recent history of martial arts, and martial arts became an important part of war and was used to kill or seriously injure an enemy, using your own body or any item that could be used as a weapon.
As times have progressed martial arts have become more and more specialised in their own right. For instance Judo is more specialised in grappling and throwing, taekwondo is more kick based.
Wado Ryu Karate has a strong base in Ju Jitsu and uses this along with punches and kicks to become a comprehensive art.
No one martial art is better than another in my opinion, the just have their own specialties. Although there is no bad martial arts it is important to know what is on offer at a club. Is it a more self defense based class? Or a competition based class? Fitness class? Acrobatics type class?. It is important to chose a club which has god credentials and offers what you are expecting. There is 5 things you should expect of a martial arts club:
1.A black belt instructor with a traceable black belt certificate/license
2.A current qualification in teaching martial arts (covering health and safety, child protection and first aid amongst other things)
3.An enhanced DBS disclosure (should not be more than 2years old)
4.A clear pricing structure
5.Instructors Indemnity Insurance
There are many benefits to martial arts. Here are just a few:
Learn Self Defense
Help Stop Bullying
Improve Self Awareness
Meet New People
Respect and Discipline are an integral part of learning
And there are many, many others.
The history of St. Martins Junior Karate Club goes back to 1985 when it was founded by Sensei Jack Parker(3rd Dan).
Jack Parker , ran the club for many years by himself and has devoted much of his own time and effort into developing the club, and was strongly involved until the day he passed away (6th December 2015), the success and experience he has gained is invaluable to the club. Not only is Jack a big part of the clubs history but will always remain a strong part of the clubs future with his legacy. Two of his students now run the club and Jack and his wife Pat donated the Jack Parker Memorial Trophy.
More recently, Paul Turner(6th Dan) and Chris Haggan(5th Dan), have largely been involved with the running of the club. Paul is the areas highest graded black belt in Wado Ryu Karate in the area. Both Paul and Chris trained for years under Jack, and feel they owe a great deal to his teaching and friendship.
Over the years the club has enjoyed much success in many ways. The club has had many people gain the black belt and also has a good history in competitions; local, nationals, opens and also the International Youth Games.
As mentioned Paul and Chris now play major parts in running the club. Two other club former club members are still heavily involved in martial arts. David Hedges helps run a professional martial arts clubs in Dublin (Wild Geese). Dave visits our club a few times a year and his own unique teaching style is popular with higher grades. Lee Bartholomew fights with the English national squad. Lee occasionally visits the club and helps with training.