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What Is Karate?

Legends have stated that an Indian Buddhist monk known as Bodihidharma traveled from India to Honan Province in Northern China about 520 A.D. It is said that he visited with the emperor at the capital in Nanking and then went on to the Shaolin Temple in Honan Province.

While at the Shaolin Temple, he taught the monks eighteen exercises to help them improve their physical condition so they could better endure the physical and mental rigors of their religious training.

It is believed that these eighteen exercises were the basis for the Shaolin style kempo. These eighteen exercises were later expanded into 170 forms by three monks and used for teaching the monks at the temple during the Yuan Dynasty (1260-1368 A.D.)

During the ensuing years, trade between China, Siam, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Okinawa occurred. It is through this trading that the ancient forms of the Chinese martial arts and Okinawan Te merged to become the basis for modern day karate. Karate was then introduced to Japan in 1918 by Master Gichen Funakoshi.

Although karate is still advertised as a self-defense, it is more than that. A reputable karate school is responsible for developing the physical, mental and moral growth of its students.

Karate-do is the "WAY" of karate or a concept of life. The 'WAY" provides the method of attaining the true meaning of life through the path of karate training. The "WAY" of karate is not easy. It is difficult beyond all expectations.

However, within karate-do is the potential of a new person: a person huge in all capabilities that will make him or her respected and confident. Following the way or path will enrich your life and allow you to pass the boundaries of self-defense and into the realm of mind-searching discipline.
Karate is a martial art and science of self-defense. Karate which in Japanese means "EMPTY HAND" was developed and evolved from the early forms of pugilism in China.
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