The art of kicking major ass. Karate originated
in Okinawa, developed by peasants who were forbidden from carrying bladed
weapons, as a method of defense against armored samurai. The classical style is characterized by very hard, short, “square” movements
, as opposed to the “circular” movements
of traditional Chinese
kung fu, or the “long” strikes of Tae Kwon Do. Karate has since
moved from Okinawa to Japan, and then on to the Western world after the U.S. occupation following WW2. Since
“fake” styles have cropped up all over the world, based on traditional karate but lacking the proper techniques to generate power.