Training differs widely but most of the Karate styles emphasize a fairly equal measure of basic technique training (kihon), sparring (kumite), and forms (kata). Forms are stylized patterns of attacks and defenses done in sequence for training purposes.
An art of self-defense as well as a sport, Karate has in recent decades proliferated worldwide. It is one of the most widely practiced of the Asian martial arts, with a large following in the U.S., Japan and Europe.
But karate is more than physical...
In response to the question,"What is karate-do?" Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Dan replied: "Karate is the activity. 'Do' means the way. In this we are not only looking for physical activity. Anything connected with the physical limits us. If we improve the personality, there are no limits. Okinawan style is the 'way' for life. If only the outside, physical is developed, then, as you age and lose power, you have nothing. So, that would leave a feeling of emptiness inside. Karate gives us a chance every day and every year to begin again and begin again. It keeps our mind fresh and deeply growing."
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