Karate History

Modern Karate was developed on the Japanese island of Okinawa at the beginning of the 20th Century.  It evolved during the 15th and 16th century from various fighting techniques introduced from China and was adapted and added to by small groups of students.


The word Karate means “empty hand” which describes the martial art as one that relies on the student’s ability to kick, punch, block and move etc. rather than to defend with the aid of weapons, (ordinary citizens were banned from using weapons in Japan at various periods throughout its history which is why karate developed).


The philosophy of Karate is one of self improvement, the ability to create the best technique possible and to realise your potential.  As a side effect of this, Karate students will be able to effectively defend themselves.  This philosophy also requires that the student should show humility, respect for others and always try to look for a peaceful resolution during confrontations rather than resorting to physical violence.

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