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Karate – developed in the Ryukyu Islands, in what is now Okinawa, partially from indigenous fighting methods called te (literally “hand”-Tii in Okinawan) and from Chinese kenpo – is one of the most popular martial arts with Web Japan (sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs) claiming there to be 50 million karate practitioners worldwide.

In Karate punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands are strongly emphasized – although grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles.

Today karate is practiced for self-perfection, for cultural reasons, for self-defense and as a sport, with most schools affiliated with, or heavily influenced by, one or more of these styles:

Comparison of Karate styles

Karate resources:
World Karate Federation
International Shotokan Karate Federation
International Federation of Karate
Shotokan Karate Magazine

Karate Books:

The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate
Karate-do: My Way of Life
The Shotokan Karate Handbook: Beginner to Black Belt (Fifth Edition)
Karate Fighting Techniques: The Complete Kumite
The Essence of Karate
Karate Katas of Wadoryu
Karate’s Grappling Methods
Black Belt Karate
The Shotokan Karate Bible: Beginner to Black Belt
Karate-do Kyohan: The Master Text

Karate DVD’s:

Karate DVD: Advanced Fighting, Volume 4
Grading Syllabus For Shotokan Karate – 9th To 1st Kyu [DVD]
The VMA series – Beginning Shotokan Karate [DVD] [2007]
The Karate Kid 1-4 Box Set [DVD] [2010]
The Karate Kid [2010] [DVD]

Karate Clothing & Equipment:

Martial Arts Karate Mitt/Gloves PU with Palm Black Zean Imported Mould
MAR Karate Uniform White
Blitz Sport Kids Cotton Student Karate Suit
MAR Karate Trouser Separate (100% Cotton)

Martial Arts Scotland karate Pages:
Register your club on Martial Arts Scotland Karate Quicklink Page
Join our growing list of clubs 
Find a karate club near you

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