"Karate begins and ends with courtesy."
Karate is a martial art.
The word karate is a combination of two Japanese characters:
"kara", meaning empty and "te", meaning hand.
Karate means "empty hand."
Gichin Funakoshi, widely regarded as the “Father of Modern Karate"
brought martial arts from his native Okinawa to Japan.
A style of Karate called Shotokan was formed.
Karate practice is divided into three aspects:
Kihon are basic techniques.
Students progress from fundamental basic techniques
to complex techniques, all designed to increase students`
physical and mental abilities.
Kata are arrangements of techniques.
Within Shotokan Kata, comprehensive systems
of effective self-defence techniques are contained as well as principles that outline
when, why and how the techniques will work.
Kumite are fighting systems.
Students start with formal set routines with predetermined attacks
and gradually advance to freeflow combat.
Through Kihon, Kata and Kumite, the many benefits of
Karate, such as improved physical fitness, self-confidence and
well-being, are available to all, irrespective of age or ability.
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