Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts under the influence of Chinese Kung Fu, particularly Fujian White Crane.
Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. Historically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital-point strikes are also taught.
A karate practitioner is called a karateka.
Karate is divided into style organizations and sometimes cooperate in non-style specific sport karate organizations or federations.
In August 2016, the International Olympic Committee approved karate as an Olympic sport beginning at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Celebrate Karateka: Sean Connery, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Jai White, Don Wilson, Richard Norton, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sho Kosugi.
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