Karate is a material art developed in the ruykuys Islands (Okinawa)
from indigenous fighting methods called (literally:’ hand’). Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and ellow strikes, and open- handed techniques such as knife- hands.
Karate developed in the Ryukya kingdom prior to its 19 Th century annexation by Japan.
It was brought to the Japanese mainland in the carly 20 th century during a time of cultural exchanges between the Japanese and the Ryukyans.
Gichin Funakoshi (father of modern karate)
Today karate is practiced for self-defense and as a sport.
The world karate federation recognizes these styles of karate in its kala list.
- Shotokan – ryu
- Shito – ryu
- Goju – ryu
- Wado – ryu
Kata means literally "shape" or "model" . Kata is a formalized
sequence of movements which represent various attack and defense postures.