(4) Mental well-being: Karate combats psychological problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. By practicing karate, people’s self-esteem is greatly enhanced, and therefore they do better in their daily lives. Related to this is the fact that training also results in increased physical energy, enhanced concentration and better sleeping patterns.
(6) Lifetime activity: You can train all of your life in karate and keep physically improving yourself!” Compare this to say rugby, football, gymnastics and other physical activities. A great example of this is my late teacher Shuseki Shihan Tetsuhiko Asai, who reached his physical peak in his late 60’s!
One word which comes to mind about Karate-Do is HARMONY. Karate as an activity is all about the harmony of physical movement, breathing and self-control of the mind. These elements can be used for the bettering of the individual, both physically and mentally, whilst perfecting a powerful martial art of self-defense. So I reply, to anyone who asks me “Why do you practice karate?” by politely asking “Why don’t you!?”