Karate Is a means of self-defense, has the oldest history going back hundreds of years.


The literal meaning of the two Japanese characters which make up the word "karate" is "empty hands." This, of course, refers simply to the fact that karate originated as a system of self-defense which relied on the effective use of the unarmed body of its practitioner. This system consisted of techniques of blocking or thwarting an attack and counterattacking the opponent by punching, striking, or kicking.

The modern art of karate was developed out of a more thorough organization and rationalization of these techniques. And the three branches of present-day karate—as a physical art, as a sport, and as self-defense





I studied Karate (The art of "Empty Hand fighting") for 7 years from 1962 to 1969, in 2 diferent styles: Shotokan (Japan) and Taekwondo (Korea)