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WHAT IS KARATE?
Part self defense, part sport, part exercise, part ritual – this is the intriguing complexity of Karate. It is the oldest and most devastating form of self protection without weapons that man has ever developed, yet it is still relatively new and obscure to the Western world. In more modern times, Karate has taken on the aspect of a major sport, This unique combination of defensive and sporting techniques has created a wave of enthusiasm throughout the United States.
Throughout the centuries of Oriental development and refinement, physical blows, punches and kicks have been perfected to a high art form. Karate teaches how to down an opponent through highly-skilled coordination and manipulation of the hands, feet, knees and elbows. Maneuvers by an expert are swift, precise and powerful. Training in how to fall and how to avoid injury during practice or actual combat are essential parts of the study. The additional rewards of body conditioning and exercise are equally valuable. In training and as a sport, the practice of Karate is accompanied by a ritual of centuries old formalities that precede lessons, demonstrations and practice sessions. These symbolize the mutual respect with which karateists regard each other and their art.
HISTORY OF KARATE
Although modern Karate is Japanese in character, its origins recedes so far into history that the exact date and country are uncertain. Fragmentary records indicate it may have been practiced in some form by the ancient Egyptians, or even 5,000 years ago in the Orient. More recent history dates from around the third to sixth centuries.
The progression of development appears to have been from India to China, with several great men of different centuries given the credit, then adopted by the Okinawans from the Chinese more than five hundred years ago. In Okinawa, techniques were develop and guarded in great secrecy until last century, when two experts introduced karate into Japan in 1916 as a sport, not a martial art. By 1923, it had begun to undergo many changes from Chinese characteristics and meaning. Chinese karate originated as Kenpo, meaning “fist law”, but later changes to the Japanese meaning of “empty hands.”
One of the prime objectives of karate is the development of spiritual attitudes that lead to humility and self-restraint. As the creed indicates, knowledge of karate is for the preservation of human rights. It is not intended to be used aggressively, or misused for selfish or cruel purposes. To do so, the karateists would dishonor himself and his people.