Karate is a dynamic martial art which originated in Okinawa, Japan. It aims to sharpen defensive and counterattacking body movements in an individual. This means that fighting and self-defense are very important to karate. Trainees are expected to be highly disciplined, dedicated and persistent if they are to succeed. You don’t want to mess with someone who is skilled in karate. I once watched a single karate black belt destroy a car so badly, using just his bare hands, that they had to call a towing service. Just imagine what someone like that could do to a person if they were provoked! When learning any martial art, you must use your new skills with great caution and responsibility. Never for the purpose of showing off or hurting people, but in defense only.

Gini Funakoshi (1868-1957) is considered to be the father of modern karate. He hailed from Ryukyu Islands, now Okinawa. In 1922, he was invited to Tokyo by the Japanese Ministry of Education for the purposes of giving a demonstration. Two years later, Keio University set up the first karate club in mainland Japan. By 1932, the game had spread to all major Japanese Universities.

There are many other different styles of martial arts such as taekwondo, jiu jitsu, kung fu, judo and many more. They all have some similarities to karate because they share many techniques. The difference comes in where karate is highly specialized; it has a smaller subset of techniques but which are highly specialized and streamlined. The Japanese borrowed a number of moves from other martial arts and later modified them. So karate may have a shorter curriculum, but it requires a higher level of discipline to master the specialized techniques.