What is karate?

  • (noun): A traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat; sharp blows and kicks are given to pressure-sensitive points on the body of the opponent.


Karate (空手?) ( /kəˈrɑːtiː/; ) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed partially from indigenous fighting methods called te (手?, literally "hand"; Tii in Okinawan) and from Chinese kenpō. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles. A karate practitioner is called a karateka (空手家?). There are several different styles of karate, most of them stemming from the same genealogical tree, and some others acquiring the name "karate" for practical reasons while actually deriving from a mix of other martial arts. Each style of karate stresses some techniques more than others, or has some differences in performing the same techniques from what other styles do. However, most karate schools and styles adhere to the same basic principles, and use the same basic attire, stances and terminology.

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Some articles on karate:

Shojiro Sugiyama - Published Work
... Cover Art Title Year Published ISBN 11 Innovations in Karate 2005 10-ISBN 0-9669048-3-4 13-ISBN 978-0-9669048-3-3 25 Shoto-Kan Kata 1984 10-ISBN 0-9669048-0-X 13-I ...
List Of Shotokan Organizations - Shotokai
... a synonym for the Shotokan ryu association Dai Nihon Karate-do Shotokai ... It is the Shotokan Karate association established by Gichin Funakoshi originally in 1930 ... Shotokai association is the keeper of master Funakoshi's Karate-do heritage ...
Karate in Mixed Martial Arts
... Karate, although not widely used in mixed martial arts, has been effective for some MMA practitioners ... Various styles of karate are practiced Chuck Liddell is known for Koei-Kan striking, Lyoto Machida practices Shotokan and Georges St-Pierre trains Kyokushin ...
Sherman Harrill - Isshinryu Karate
... in 1959 under Tatsuo Shimabuku at his karate dojo in Agena, Okinawa, where he studied for approximately 14 months ... meeting he asked them if they planned to teach karate upon returning to the United States ... Harrill was one of the founding members of the Okinawan Karate Union, an organization that was dedicated to the promulagation and preservation of Isshinryu Karate in the United States and abroad ...
Shojiro Sugiyama
... In 1954, after training in two other styles of karate, he began studying with the Japan Karate Association of Tokyo (Yotsuya) ... to teach karate in 1963 ... Sugiyama Sensei is credited with building and promoting Shotokan karate throughout the entire midwest region ...

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