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Kara- Empty
Te- Hands
Do-Way, path or approach

The connotation Karate indicates a technique that permits defending oneself with the bare hands and fists, without weapons.

Karate- Can be described as a martial art, or fighting method, which involves a variety of techniques, including blocks, kicks, punches, strikes, evasions, take-downs, throws and joint manipulations.

Do- Is described as the way, path or approach which is used to reach the perfection of the human character. One who studies Karate must rid himself of evil or selfish thoughts, for only with a clear mind one can understand what is received. Karate-Do must strive to be internally humble, and externally gentle.

Karate-Do is implied as a total way of life that goes well beyond self defense applications. The true opponent in Karate-Do is recognized as oneself.

In true Karate; the mind, spirit and body become one (budo). Our physical techniques are pure expressions of our mind intensions, and the polishing of our spirit. If its application is for a good purpose, then the art is of great value, but if it is misused, then there’s no more evil or harmful art than Karate.

Karate practice is divided into three main categories: Kihon (Basics), Kata (Forms), and Kumite (Sparring).


Shotokan: Founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957)
Is characterized by its powerful and linear techniques coupled with deep strong stances which were developed to accommodate the larger physical statures of the Japanese practitioners.

Goju Ryu: Founded by Chojun Miyagi,the best student of Higaonna (1888-1953)
Its meaning is “The hard/Soft way”. A signature quality in this system is the breathing for controlling opponent and the combination of soft circular blocking techniques with quick stronger counter techniques delivered in rapid succession.

Wado Ryu: Developed by Master Hirononri Ohtsuka
It means “Way of harmony”
Tsuka was already a Master on Yoshin-Ryu Jujutsu when he was introduced to Karate.
This style combines basic movements of Jujitsu with techniques of evasion, with a strong emphasis on softness. Spiritual discipline is a trademark characteristic of the Wado Ryu practitioners.

Shito Ryu: Founded by Kenwa Mabuni (1888-1952)
A system that is influenced both by naha-te and shuri-te.
Shito Ryu Schools have a large number of katas or forms. Each school has over 50 katas.
It is characterized by its emphasis on the execution of techniques, also by its economy of movement.


Shotokan: Japanese Karate which focuses on three basic parts for development: Kihon (Basic techniques), Kata (Forms), and Kumite (Sparring). Shotokan is very distinctive because of its focus on perfection of stances, strikes blocks, and body mechanics.

Aikido: Meaning “The Way of Harmonious Power”. It is purely a defensive art that uses an attacker’s own strength to protect both the attacker and the attacked.

Iaido: Japanese art of sword-drawing, cutting and returning it to its scabbard, all with minimum exertion. Its essence is a non-combative form of spiritual cultivation.

Tae Kwon Do: Korean Karate that is distinguished by its focus on kicking.

Tai Chi: A Chinese martial art that emphasizes harmony of mind and body. It does not focus on self-defense, but on relaxation.

Kung Fu: Kung means discipline and Fu means person. This martial art emphasizes blending the mind, body and spirit. This art includes both the use of weapons as well as empty hand techniques.

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