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Karate
Karate (空手, からて, Karate) (or karate-dō (空手道, karate-dō)) - A martial art developed from Chinese kenpō (in particular, Southern Chinese kung fu) and indigenous fighting methods from the Ryūkyū Islands. It is primarily a striking art, featuring punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques, but grappling, joint manipulations, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point striking are also taught, depending on the style. A karate practitioner is called a karateka (空手家).

Modern karate training is commonly divided into kihon (basics or fundamentals), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring). Another popular division is between art, sport, and self-defense training. Traditional karate, while used to address a broad scope of traditions, typically does not break karate into discrete components, but rather derives self defense training directly from kata and application practice.[citation needed] Weapons (kobudō) comprise another important training area. Modern Japanese-influenced training often emphasizes the psychological elements incorporated into a proper kokoro (attitude) such as perseverance, fearlessness, virtue, and leadership skills.

Information source: “Karate.” wikipedia.org. Article date: 12 Feb. 2008. Retrieved: Wikipedia. 12 Feb. 2008 <Karate>.

Video - The following are videos about karate. The first contains some very funny mistakes. The second has some really old footage.
 
 
 

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