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What is Karate?

"Karate begins and ends with respect"

Kara-te directly translates to "Empty-hand" and is sometimes commonly referred to as Karate-do, meaning "Empty hand-way". Karate is a traditional Japanese method of self-defence that employs blocks, punches, kicks, strikes, body evasion and occasional throws. It is an effective means of protecting oneself and others, but it also offers many other benefits such as strength and conditioning, development of mind (mental health) and body (physical health), discipline, providing an outlet for the daily stresses of life, cultivating a sound moral compass and equipping young people with tools to navigate daily life.

"Karate is an ancient Japanese martial art developed over a long history and tradition. It is more than a contest between competitors vying for victory and superiority. The training itself refines the spirit, advances technique, develops physical strength, thereby to build a rich character" - Shinzo Abe, Former Prime Minister of Japan in his address to international competitors during the Funakoshi Gichin Cup 13th World Karate Championships held in Tokyo, Japan (2014).

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