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WHAT KARATE DO IS
Karate Do is [
kara- empty () te-hand , () do-way ] an empty-handed
art of self-defense inwhich the arms and legs are systematically trained and an enemy attacking by surprise
can be controlled by a demonstration of strength like that of using actual weapons.Karate do is exercise
through which the karateka masters all body movements,such as bending ,jumping and balancing,by learning
to movelimbs and body backward and forward left and right,up and down,freely and uniformly.
Training transforms various parts of the body into weapons to be used freely and effectively.
The qualitynecessary to accomplish this is self control.To become a victor,one must first overcome his own self.
The techniques of karate doare well controlled according to the karateka's will power and are directed at the
target accurately and spontaneously.

Deciding who is the winner and who is the loser is not the ultimate objective.Karate do is a martial art for the
development of
character through training,so that the karateka can surmount any obstacle,tangible or intangible.

What is karate?
Karate is a martial art and system of self-defence that originated hun-dreds of years ago in Okinawa,
but was greatly influenced by an even older tradition from China.
Literally, “karate-do” means “
the way of the empty hand,” referring to the fact that its practitioners use no weapons
to attack and defend, but only the hands, feet, and body. Yet karate is much more than merely physical.
It is founded on a grand philosophical and spiritual tradition based on Bushido and Zen Buddhist principles.
Through hard training and practice, karate develops not only the body,
but also the mind and character.

Bushido: The Way of the Samurai
Bushidō (武士道), meaning "the way of the warrior", is a name in common usage since the late 19th century which is used to describe a uniquelyJapanese code of conduct adhered to by SAMURAI since the feudal medieval period. This code is said to have emphasized virtues such as loyalty, honor, obedience, duty,filial piety,and self-sacrifice

Bushido is based on seven essential principles

1. Rectitude 正義 seigi The right decision and rectitude

JAPANES SAMURAI
2. Courage 勇気 yuki Bravery and heroism
3. Benevolence jin Compassion and benevolence to all
4. Respect 礼儀 reigi Courtesy and right action
5. Honesty makoto Truthfulness and utter sincerity
6. Honor 名誉 meiyo Honor and glory
7. Loyalty 忠義 chugi Devotion and loyalty

Martial spirit and courage were, of course, essential aspects of Bushido. But for the samurai, Bushido's highest goal
was completevirtue in thought and action. Each samurai followed a carefully-designed regimen of polite ceremony and
etiquette intended to promote such virtue. With its emphasis on prescribed form, Bushido helped the samurai harmonize
mind with body, enabling them to maintain a certain calmness, or heijoshin (literally, "ordinary everyday mind"),
even in the face of hardship. Sincerity, kindness, honesty, filial piety and honor all formed part of the core of
Bushido. And they were the seed from which the karate tradition grew. These attributes, and the wisdom,
understanding and peaceful strength they promote, are some of karate's greatest benefits.
They are also among Japan's greatest gifts to the world.

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