HISTORY OF KARATE
The martial arts are generally believed to have developed from Shaolin, a rigorous training regime taught by Buddhist monks over one thousand years ago. Shotokan karate is one of the oldest, most widely practiced and influential form of traditional martial arts. Karate is more than just empty hand techniques. It is " The Way if the Empty Hand ". Karate is basically defensive and not attacking technique. Kara of karate-do means " to purge oneself of selfish and evil thoughts. Only the practitioner with clear mind and conscience can understand the knowledge which he receives. "
Shotokan training is usually learned into three parts Kihon(basics), Kata(patterns of moves) and Kumite(sparring). 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, jointlock, restraints and vital-point strikes are also tought. A karate practitionar is called a karateka. The modernization and systemization of karate included the adoption of the white uniform and colour belt ranks.
Very little is known about exact origin of karate but today karate is taught all around the world. The World Karate Federation (WFK), the largest orgnization for karate as a sport, has developed a system of common rules and regulations. And though it is not yet recognized as an Olympic sport, the WFK is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and coordinates with various national Olympic committee.
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