Victoria Sports and Recreation: Martial Arts
Martial arts encompasses several forms of self-defence that originated in the Orient. The sport originated from military skills, and is based on traditions of honour and discipline. Not only do the martial arts teach you self-defence, but they are great for conditioning and stress-relief. The more common styles of martial arts in North America are Karate, Judo and Tae Kwon Do. All three are now sports in the Olympic Games.
- Karate ("empty hand") is an ancient Japanese method of unarmed combat using all parts of the anatomy to punch, kick, strike or block.
- Judo ("gentle way") is a Japanese art of self-defence using skill and speed instead of strength. Judo uses choke holds and throws for self-defence instead of punches or kicks.
- Tae Kwon Do ("way of the hands and feet")is a Korean form of unarmed combat, similar to Karate.
The common pieces of equipment are: a uniform (Gi or Dobok), a belt and a protective cup. Uniforms and belts are purchased through your chosen martial arts academy when you register for classes.
Martial Arts Academies are numerous throughout the city, so be sure to find out what each has to offer. A few numbers to help you get started: Taoist Tai Chi Society
(383-4103), the Karate BC Association (604) 737-3051, and Victoria Judo Club (384-7612)