Among all martial arts, karate is the most ancient, and originally it was born in the Japanese island of Okinawa. In the past it was studied and practiced only by men, but over time even women could take part.
The moral values promoted by the teachers – called SENSEI – make you understand the respect for the opponents, both on the mat and in life, and also to stay worthy both in case of victory and in case of defeat. Karate had to fight for a place of honour among the sports; it is also a heritage and a way of life that is passed on through generations. Another form of it is Kata, which is a sequence of techniques against more opponents.
Kick Boxing was born in the U.S.A. in 1974. At that time the only forms of fighting were: FULL CONTACT, MUAI THAI, FRENCH SAVATE and CHINESE SANDA, then other styles such as KICK BOXING (which is a free fight) and SEMI CONTACT were added.
There are many other disciplines such as JU JITSU (which is the art of malleability), an art of self-defense that bases its principles on the original Japanese name. In JU JITSU the opponent’s strength is necessary. It consists in applying a technique with softness, just in the last instant of the attack, so that the opponent can’t notice a defense and find emptiness ahead.