"Karate"

A background to Karate by a student of Rama

"The ultimate aim of karate-do lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character. Do not forget the spirit and humility of a beginner."
– Gichin Funakoshi

Today there are more than 150 styles of Japanese, Okinawan and Korean Karate. Each differing in their philosophy, technique, as well as their underlying principals that govern movement and application.

But there are some things they all share in common. They are all a form of unarmed combat that develop the spirit and perfect one's mental capabilities and all are practiced as a way of life.

 

Japan's 5 Major Styles of Karate:

SHOTOKAN
KYOKUSHINKAI
GOJU-RYU
SHITO-RYU
WADO-RYU

Okinawa's Four Major Styles of Karate:

SHORIN-RYU
UECHI-RYU
GOJU-RYU
ISSHIN-RYU

Korea's Five Major Styles of Karate:

TAE KWON DO
HAPKIDO
TANG SOO DO
MOO-DUK-KWAN
HWARANGDO

 

 

 

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