Karatedo is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) from indigenous fighting methods te
(literally: "hand") and Chinese Kenpo.
Karatedo is characterised as a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes and open-handed techniques such as knife-hand strikes. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles.
Shoshin Nagamine said "Karatedo may be considered as the conflict within oneself or as a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training and one's own creative efforts."
For many practitioners, karate is a deeply philosophical practice.
Karate-do teaches ethical principles and can have spiritual significance to its adherents.
(See philosophy section)
Gichin Funakoshi ("Father of Modern Karate") interpreted the "kara" of Karate-do to mean "to purge [oneself] of selfish and evil thoughts. For only with a clear mind and conscience can [the practitioner] understand that [knowledge] which he receives."
Funakoshi believed that one should be "inwardly humble and outwardly gentle."
Only by behaving humbly can one be open to Karate's many lessons.
Strong in hand, kind in heart
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