The word Karate is a combination of two Japanese words – “Kara” which means empty and “Te” which means hand. Karate today is the most traditional form of unarmed combat for self-defense. It is one of the most popular forms of martial arts, practiced around the world. The origins of karate were a combination of many factors.
Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. Historically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital-point strikes are also taught. A karate practitioner is called a karateka.
The karate traditions incorporates many years of strict discipline to cultivate both body and mind help polish a practitioners character, giving rise to stronger, emotionally healthier people for the betterment of society. Karate-Do is a cultivation method that can be used to shape and build a person’s characteristics and behaviors, which will produce a better and more peaceful society.