Karate is a martial art born as a method of defense with bare hands. Over the years it has evolved into a controlled contact combat sport, where percussion techniques are used with the upper and lower limbs and techniques of projection and closing to the soil.
In the study of self-defense techniques are added techniques of joint levers, strangulations and percussion with all parts of the body.
It was not easy to define Karate in a single statement, especially for those who, like me, practice different “forms”.
In fact, there are many much poorer definitions of Karate, which are found in common usage:
• The Karate martial art.
• Karate is a combat sport.
• Karate is a philosophy of life.
• Karate is a motor activity.
• Karate is a discipline.
• Karate is a method of self defense.
The karate practiced today can be divided into three large macro areas:
- Sports Karate
- Karate Wellness
- Karate Self Defense