How to Warm Up for Karate

How to Warm Up for Karate

Warming up is important for any physical activity, not just for Karate. You need to warm up to increase your body and muscle temperature, it will prepare you mentally for your training session, it will help you reduce the risk of injuries, it will help you increase your flexibility, and be ready to tackle your techniques.

Most Karate classes are 1 hour and mostly divided into 4 groups of 15 minutes. The first 15 minutes would be your warm-up, here is a list of most of the warm-up exercises in Karate:

  • Light Jog to start, you can increase the speed
  • arm rotations
  • elbow turns
  • neck rotations
  • push-ups
  • sit-ups
  • jumping jacks
  • squats
  • burpees
  • knee rotations
  • ankle rotations
  • partner exercises
  • coordination exercises
  • quick obstacle course

How to Warm Up for Karate

Right after your warm-up session, you are recommended to have at least a 5-minute full-body stretching session to get ready for your Karate Techniques.

Warm up for KarateĀ  Recommendations

  • Listen to your body, if you can’t execute the exercise don’t do it, and tell your sensei
  • If you have any injuries let your sensei know about it
  • Push yourself but make sure you are not hurting yourself
  • Focus on quality over quantity
  • Don’t stop during your warm-up, you can rest after the class is done, it’s 1 hour only

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