What is it?
Karate is a form of unarmed Japanese martial art developed from fighting methods from the Ryūkyū Islands, what is now Okinawa, Japan.
Karate is primarily a striking art, with punching, kicking, knee/elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques.The movements are crisp and linear. And also has various blocking techniques like parries; and take downs are taught as well.
Also known as:
According to legend, the evolution of karate began in 5th Century CE when Bodhidharma (Indian Buddhist monk) arrived in Shaolin-si (small forest temple). From there it appeared in Okinawa, a Japanese Island.
The meaning of the word karate is "empty hands." It refers to the fact that Karate originated as a system of self-defense which relied on the effective use of the unarmed body of the practitioner.
Typical Style of Bow:
Arms straight against the torso, hands just below the waist, and the bow executed by bending the torso down while keeping your eyes on the opponent.
Strong punches, kicks, takedowns, and blocks. As fast as Taekwondo
The traditional wear for Karate is a white uniform called a gi, with has a light, loose fitting. Due to the nature of Karate training which emphasizes striking, kicking and a limited range of standing throws, the karategi has evolved so as to maximizes mobility and speed. Most quality karategi are cut from a light canvas-like cloth which will stand up to a considerable amount of abuse without restricting the mobility. Different styles of Karate have slightly different uniforms though all share the same basic design, differing only in the lengths of sleeves, legs and the skirt of the uwagi (jacket). Many karate practitioners tend to wear their obi (belt) much longer than practitioners of judo and other martial artists. The color of the belt varies, depending on the rank. Black belt is the highest ranking belt. Karatekas generally practice barefoot.