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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Brief History of Karate

Karate is a Japanese form of martial arts developed in Okinawa through the Chinese influence of Kung Fu. Anko Itosu is called the grandfather of modern karate. He helped popularize karate as a way of practicing martial arts, by promoting karate in Okinawan public schools. His ten precepts of karate include using karate not just for health and circulation, but for fighting enemies as well. Funakoshi Gichi, a student of Anko Itosu created the twenty precepts of karate, which emphasized respect, humility, patience, diligence, and inner peace. His precepts advocate against unnecessary violence. After Funakoshi`s death, his students formed different schools or forms or karate. After all these years, karate continues to be popular both inside Japan and around the world.

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