Origin of karate
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What does karate mean?
Karate is a martial art and an unarmed combat and self-defense system that targets weak areas on an attacker’s body by using the hands, arms, legs, and feet to strike with fast, powerful blows. Karate originated in Japan.
Like other martial arts, karate is known for emphasizing the mental aspects of the discipline as well as values like courtesy and respect. The learning level of a person who practices karate is signified with a belt. The highest level is black belt.
Karate is one of the most well-known martial arts. Probably for this reason, the word karate is sometimes used in a very general, casual way as a catchall term for any martial art.
Karate is also practiced as a sport in two main forms. Kumite (meaning “sparring”) is the traditional form involving matches between two fighters who spar against each other and are awarded points for landing blows. The other form, kata (meaning “pattern” or “form”), involves individual competitors performing a rehearsed set of karate techniques (called forms) before a panel of judges. Both types were first included as Olympic events in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021.
Example: I signed my kids up for karate so that they can learn self-defense and build their confidence.
Where does karate come from?
The first records of the word karate in English come from the mid-1900s. It roughly translates to “empty hand,” from the Japanese word kara, meaning “empty,” and te, meaning “hand.”
Karate traces its origins to other East Asian martial arts. It was developed and refined by inhabitants of the island of Okinawa in the 1600s as a form of unarmed self-defense before spreading throughout Japan and then internationally.
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How is karate used in real life?
Karate is one of the most well-known martial arts. Probably for this reason, other martial arts are often casually (or mistakenly) referred to as karate.
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I was told if I keep up the way I’ve been training I can be a black belt in 3 or 3 and a half years!😭😭🤗🤗
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Japan bound to watch my kids compete in the World Wado Kai karate championships.
— James Fell (@BodyForWife) August 6, 2015
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Karate will help to improve your confidence and respect.
Practicing karate also helps to improve discipline and mental toughness .
These mental benefits can then be used in your everyday life. pic.twitter.com/75gqSuLfW7
— EdifySchool Ecity (@EdifyEcity) July 6, 2019
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What does the word karate roughly translate to?
A. empty hand
B. way of the fist
C. empty foot
D. foot and fist
How to use karate in a sentence
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British Dictionary definitions for karate
- a traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat, employing smashes, chops, kicks, etc, made with the hands, feet, elbows, or legs
- (as modifier)a karate chop to the head