Karate (“kara” meaning “empty” and “te” translating as “hand”) is a system of hand to hand (and foot to body) combat developed on the island of Okinawa. The best masters become adept at mental discipline as well as balance and physical speed. Karate has been a recognized martial art and accepted technique of self-defense for over 1,500 years, if not up to 2,500, but has only recently become a popular sport. Throughout its long history its five core principles have remained the same: Character, Sincerity, Effort, Etiquette and Self-Control.
A history of karate | jujitsu (“the art of yielding”) is a samurai-era martial art and close-hand combat technique that consists of using an opponent’s force against himself rather than using one’s own | judo (“gentle way”) is a modern martial art/combat sport (created in 1882) in which opponents try to throw each other on the ground.