ka·ra·te (kə-rä'tç)
n.
A Japanese art of self-defense (that does not work unless the person you are fighting stands still) in which sharp blows and kicks are administered to pressure-sensitive points on the body of an opponent.
Lady: Oh my somebody just stole my purse!

Bad Guy: Shut the fuck up bitch! You dont got enough money in this purse!

Fat Out Of Shape Karate Guy: I am a black belt in Karate! Stand still so I can hit you and save this woman purse!

Bad Guy: How about I beat you with my boxing skills?

*Bad Guy beats the shit out of Fat Out Of Shape Karate Guy*

Fat Guy: Maybe I should learn a new self-defense, maybe one that works?
by bebo May 31, 2005
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Karate may be defined as a weaponless means of self defense. It consists of dynamic offensive and defensive techniques using all parts of the body to their maximum advantage. Karate practice is divided into: Kihon (drilling of stances, blocks, punches, strikes and kicks), Kata (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations), and Kumite (sparring). In each category, the beginner is given instruction at the most basic level until the techniques become spontaneous. As the student progresses technically, he or she progresses physically as well, and advanced practices demand greater stamina. At this stage, the student becomes involved with more intricate and difficult katas and more dynamic forms of kumite. As the student approaches black belt level, technique, stamina, speed, and coordination become natural as a result of strong practice. It is at this stage that the serious student discovers that his or her study of karate has only just begun. The object of true karate practice is the perfection of oneself through the perfection of the art.
Karate is one of the most dynamic of all the martial arts. A trained karateka is able to coordinate mind and body perfectly, thereby allowing the unleashing of tremendous physical power at will. Therefore, it is not the possession of great physical strength that makes a strong karateka; rather it is the ability to coordinate mind and body. Upon developing this ability, even the smallest person finds that he or she has within himself or herself the power to deliver a devastating blow to any would-be attacker. In our everyday lives we often forget the value of exercise to both our physical and mental health. The practice of karate tones the body, develops coordination, quickens reflexes, and builds stamina. Also, the serious practice of karate develops composure, a clearer thought process, deeper insight into one's mental capabilities, and more self-confidence. In this, karate is not an end, but a means to an end. It is an activity in which advancing age is not a hindrance. Rather it encourages proficiency in the keen coordination of mind and body.
by Fighting Styles January 14, 2011
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 then many “fake” styles have cropped up all over the world, based on traditional karate but lacking the proper techniques to generate power.
A: "fear my 1337 karate skillz!"
B: "Hate to break it to ya, but that ain't karate."
by Shard February 28, 2005
The Dane Cook of martial arts.
Bob: Watch out, I know karate.

Joe: Douche.
by Shane2012 January 16, 2010
A martial art that developed in Okinawa in the 17th century. It primarily utilizes striking techniques, but grappling techniques are also existent. Literally, it means "empty hand".
Beware of the karate McDojos...
by Swordfish March 27, 2007
Often seen as the vanilla ice-cream of the martial arts. People constantly argue that, for example, jiu jitsu or taekwondo are more specialist and therefore better arts.
However, given that karate teaches a wide variety of punches, blocks and kicks, it produces well-balanced competitors.
Chav at sports centre: "urrr..karate kid! Boxin's betterrr"
Me: "No, because boxers can't take your knees out"
by Intricate April 04, 2005
Okinawan Unarmed Combat, that has been treated like shit by any one of its practictioners, not to mention the most recent ones as of the late 1980's by many a snotty nosed kid and young adult alike.
Karate, or any unarmed form, should be treated like a gun and pile of bullets:
WITH UTMOST RESPECT, AND DILIGENCE!!!!
Karate is a difficult and demanding thing.
by J. Michael Reiter June 07, 2005
a place your mommy and daddy leave you when they are busy.
karate is a camoflauged daycare center
by couch potat April 11, 2010

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