What is Karate
|"True karate is this: that in daily
life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a
spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be
devoted utterly to the cause of justice."
Karate can also be described as a martial art or fighting method which makes use of hands, feet, elbows, knees, and other body parts as tools of self-defense, involving a variety of techniques, including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations. Karate practice is divided into three aspects: kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).
The word karate is a
combination of two Japanese characters: kara,
meaning empty, and te, meaning hand; thus,
karate means "empty hand." Adding the suffix
"-do" (pronounced "doe"), meaning
"way," i.e., karate-do, implies karate as a
total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense
applications. In traditional karate-do, we always keep in
mind that the true opponent is oneself.
"More is expected of a Shotokan