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Karate (空手) or Karate-Do (空手道) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa-Ken, Japan from indigenous fighting methods and Chinese kenpo. It is primarily a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands and ridge-hands. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles. A karate practitioner is called a karateka. Kara (空) could be translated as "empty" and Te (手) could be translated as "hand". In it's full name, it is called Karate-do which in it's most simple and most popular translation means "The way of the empty hand".

If you want to see the "original" meaning and the reasoning for changing the Japanese characters of Karate-do, you may want to see the book Karate-do Kyohan by Gichin Funakoshi.


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