Karate by Lu Gia Jen

Many people associate karate with the breaking of bricks, or a high jump and flying kick in the air. None of this is the essence of karate. Karate includes much more, namely:
• The traditional side of karate
• The sporty side of karate
• The educational side of karate

Karate literally means empty (kara) hand (te). Karate is about 200 years old. It  originated in China under the collective name Chuan Fa. It was influenced in the long run by Okinawa, Thailand, Taiwan and eventually Japan. By the relations between Okinawa and China and at the request of Emperor Hirohito, karate was demonstrated and disseminated in Japan by Gichin Funakoshi.
Funakoshi was born in Shuri, Okinawa in 1869. His state of health was rather weak as a child and young man.  As he learned karate from Itosu and Azato, his health improved. He developed and named the style Shotokan karate. Students of Funakoshi as Oyama, Ohtsuka and others, developed their own styles, such as Wado Ryu, Goju Ryu, Shito Ryu and Kyokushinkai.

What Characterises the Shotokan style?
Shotokan is characterized by low stance, big movements and powerful movements (Kime). Because of the extreme training, you can go back, you can determine more or less, what is hard or soft. Shotokan differentiates itself in roughly three forms:
• Kihon - Training of basic techniques
• Kumite - Training with pairs or more opposite numbers
• Kata - Training Form techniques used against imaginary opponents

The ultimate aim of karate is no defeat or victory, but the improvement of the character of the practitioner. (Funakoshi Gichin)


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