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Karate & its Forms: More than Self Defense

By Harry Forsyth | October 6, 2023

Karate is a Japanese Martial art that originated in the 1700’s in the Ryukyu Islands, which is now part of modern-day Okinawa, Japan. Gichin Funakoshi is credited as being the father of modern karate. The work “Karate” can be translated to “empty hand”, showcasing that it does not rely on weapons rather the body’s natural strength. Like many other forms of martial arts, karate focuses on a belt ranking system, mental strength, coordination and respect. Karate has four styles which all differ, although it is a sport these forms are all a way of life with teachings that lean heavily towards moral and mental aspects to allow people to become the best versions of themselves. The four styles are Shotokan, Wado-ryu, Shito-ryu, and Goju-ryu.

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