definition of karate

It is designated with the term of Karate to that martial art of Japanese self-defense that is based on dry blows made with the edge of the hand, elbows or feet.

The origin of this sport-type practice dates back to the last century, more precisely to the year 1922, when the Japanese Ministry of Education carried out the first athletics exhibition in which the aforementioned practice was displayed as a great novelty. Meanwhile, in 1949, with the much more established and well-known practice, the Japanese Karate Association was founded.

Although it is difficult to identify a single type of Karate, given that since its origin various interpretations and schools have appeared, all the types that have existed and because they have, in broad strokes, propose the following technical questions: punching, kicking, plus, coordination of strength, breathing, balance, posture, correct hip twist and limb movement.

For the practice of this martial art, it is a condition without equanom to use a special clothing consisting of a uniform consisting of a jacket, pants and a belt or sash. Both the jacket and the pants are white, on the other hand, what will vary are the colors of the belts, being the same closely linked to the category or grade that is being achieved through the systematic practice of the same. There are seven belts and we start with the white one that will distinguish the beginners and this will be followed, in order of importance, by yellow, orange, green, blue, brown and black, which is the maximum color to achieve. for those who practice sports and want to dedicate themselves to the top. But once the black belt has been achieved, the karateka, as the person who practices karate is called, will continue to progressively increase his category in degrees, called danes and exists until the tenth dan.

But Karate is not only reduced to postures, movements or blows, that is, to the strictly technical question, but it is motivated by altruistic principles and objectives such as: righteousness, courage, kindness, detachment, sincerity, honor, modesty, loyalty, self-control, generosity, patience, fairness, integrity, among the most prominent.