Karate-do is one of the martial arts that is traced to
Many centuries karate had a supplement ?jutsu? that means ?art? but afterwards it was changed into Japanese variant traditional to almost all martial arts ?do? ? ?way, path?. The combining of budo (the way of the warrior, martial way) and karatedo creates the Japanese martial art substance that influenced not only political life long ago, but even social and private life today.
Karate word origin's meaning explains its content: kara (empty) and te (hand). It means that the person following this way uses nothing for the self-defense except hands, feet and other parts of body. Another very important meaning leads to oriental philosophy and psychology. Your soul should be free (empty) of secular vanity. Just pure thoughts and blessed motives can fill it. And the human has to feel himself as emptiness as he is a grit of universe representing only emptiness.
At the moment it is obvious that karatedo and budo are more than just self-defense techniques. So western variant of translation of karate erases and abuses its very deep philosophy that proclaims karate essence as a way of inner quality development.
Often people perceive karate as mixture of fighting arts that were brought to Japan by sailors, merchants and politician ambassadors from
The most of modern karate styles and karate disciplines appeared after World War II and not only in
All modern styles are united by some common karate competition disciplines: kihon, kata and kumite. Kihon represents the ?major technique?, and is destined for body-mind connection establishment. Kata is a set of formal exercises working for development and advancing of personal qualities and self-control. Kumite (sparring) helps to strengthen spirit through realization of the technique , when you realize the most important items while sparring with rival. Today team and individual karate competitions are wide-spread all over the world.