What are the various types of Karate styles? (2022)

Karate

A complete list of Karate styles and their lineage

Originating from China and developed in Okinawa, Karate styles are as varied as they are numerous. From the ancient Shuri-Te and Naha-Te to the more recent styles like Shito-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Wado-Ryu, and Shotokan, Karate spawned dozens and dozens of styles, each with their own technical repertoire and philosophy.

In this article, I will cover the following:

  1. What Are The Original Karate Styles?
  2. What Are The Four Main Styles Of Karate?
  3. What Are The Major Derived Karate Styles?
  4. What Are The Minor Derived Karate Styles?
  5. What Are The Full-contact Karate Styles?
  6. What Are The Hybrid Karate Styles?
  7. Conclusion

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The vast amount of Karate styles reported today can be classified into original styles, major derived styles, minor derived styles, full-contact styles, and hybrid styles. Discover through this list, the richness, and the diversity that Karate has to offer.

What Are The Original Karate Styles?

Little is known about the exact origins of Karate before it appeared in the Ryukyu Kingdom — present-day Okinawa, Japan.

The art of Karate is said to find its origin in China, more precisely in Shaolin temple, where it was developed and practiced as a martial know as Kung-Fu.

Centuries later, the art traveled to Ryukyu islands where it was developed under the name of Te (手) (meaning hand in Ryukyuan language).

Te was once again influenced by Chinese Kung Fu, as trade relationships between China and the Ryukyu were established thirty-six families from Chinese Province of Fujian settled on Ryukyu islands.

Te became globally known as Tode or Tang Hands, in honor of the Chinese Tang Dynasty.

By the 18th century, the art of Te had developed in three different villages – Shuri, Naha, and Tomari, resulting in the creating of Shuri-te, Naha-te, and Tomari-te, the three major historical branches of Te, that will be later known as Karate.

Shuri-Te

Shuri-te, literally "Shuri Hand", is a karate style that has developed on the Okinawa Archipelago in Shuri City. It was especially the local "nobility" who practiced Shuri-te at the royal palace in Shuri. Shuri-Te was an external, long and dynamic style, using many kicking techniques. This style, Shuri-te gave birth to Shorin-Ryu and is also at the base of Shotokan, Wado-Ryu.

Naha-Te

Naha-Te, literally "Naha hand" is one of the original styles that developed around the port town of Naha, the modern-day capital of Okinawa. Naha-te was based mostly on Southern China's Fujian White Crane Kung-Fu. Naha-Te was a short distance, almost static style. It was using very few leg techniques and less rarely used kick above the solar plexus. It puts a lot of emphasis on breathing techniques. Naha-Te gave birth to two styles: Goju-Ryu and Uechi-Ryu.

Tomari-Te

Less know that his two brothers, Tomari-Te, literally "Tomari Hand", is a style originating from the village of Tomari, Okinawa. Tomari-Te seems to have been a mixture of both internal and external aspects of Shuri-Te and Naha-Te. Even though it was a mix between Shuri-Te and Naha-Te, Tomari-Te remained closer to Shuri-Te.


From Tode to Karate

In 1879, the Ryukyu Kingdom was annexed to Japan and became Okinawa, one of the many Japanese Prefecture.

Around 1935, with the intention of making their art more "Japanese", the Japanese character "Tang" of Tode (唐手) was replaced by "empty" becoming empty hands (空手) or Karate.

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What Are The Four Major Styles Of Karate?

Today there are four main styles of Karate in Japan: Shito-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Wado-Ryu, and Shotokan.

These traditional karate styles are direct descendants of ancient Ryukyu Te or Tode.

Shito-Ryu (Japan)

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Shito-Ryu was created by Kenwa Mabuni in 1928 and put a lot of emphasis on the practice of kata. Mabuni named his style “Shito-Ryu” based on the first kanji character from the names of his two primary teachers. Shito-Ryu blends features of both hard and soft, internal and external martial arts.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shito-Ryu

Goju-Ryu (Okinawa)

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Goju-Ryu was founded by Chojun Miyagi in 1930 and is strongly influenced by from Chinese internal martial arts. Goju-Ryu implements soft circular blocking techniques, similar in nature to jujitsu techniques, in combination with powerful counter-strike combinations.

Origin: Naha-Te Goju-Ryu

Wado-Ryu (Japan)

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Wado-Ryu was created by Hironori Otsuka is 1939 and is strongly influenced by classical jujitsu's technical repertoire. It focuses on Taisabaki (dodging) to avoid or minimize an opponent’s attack. It also has natural stances and is more fluid, than other styles of Karate.

Origin: Shuri-Te Shotokan, Shindō Yōshin-ryū Wado-Ryu

Shotokan (Japan)

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Shotokan was created in Tokyo in 1938 by Gichin Funakoshi, considered by many to be modern karate’s founding master. Shotokan is the most popular Karate style taught around the world. This style of karate makes use of linear techniques and wide stances, designed to deliver powerful strikes quickly.

Origin: Shuri-Te Shotokan

What Are The Major Derived Karate Styles?

The Karate styles I have included into this list are major offsprings of the traditional four major styles. These are the most famous and popular "third generation" descendants of Karate.

Discover the list of the major derived schools.

Uechi-Ryu (Okinawa)

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Uechi Ryu is a traditional Okinawan style of karate developed by Kanbun Uechi in the early 1900s, following Kanbun's training for many years in China. Some of Uechi-Ryu's characteristic includes forearm conditioning and unique methods of attacking which includes finger-tip and toe-tip strikes and kicks.

Origin: Naha-Te Uechi-Ryu

Shorin-Ryu (Okinawa)

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Shorin-Ryu was founded in 1933 by Chosin Chibana in Okinawa. "Shorin" is the Okinawan pronunciation of Shaolin, honoring the style's ancient Chinese origin. Shorin-Ryu is characterized by its long, natural and relaxed movements, as well as for its speed and agility.

Origin: Shuri-Te Shorin-Ryu

Chito-Ryu (Japan)

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Chito-Ryu is one of the main traditional styles of Karate. It was founded in 1946 by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose. This Japanese martial art focuses on good manners, self-discipline, fitness, and self-defense. Chito-Ryu employs shibori, quick twisting of the hip muscles, to generate powerful strikes.

Origin: Shuri-Te Shorin-Ryu Chito-Ryu

Isshin Ryu (Okinawa)

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Isshin-Ryu was created in 1957 by Tatsuo Shimabuku and has its origin in Goju-Ryu and Shorin-Ryu. Isshin-Ryu focuses on punches, kicks, kobudo (traditional weapons training), kumite and kata. Isshin-Ryu is also known for its vertical punches (versus horizontal punches on most karate styles).

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shorin-Ryu, Goju-Ryu Isshin-Ryu

What Are The Minor Derived Karate Styles?

Here is the list of the minor derived styles.

You will find here a list of minor styles derived from of the four classical Karate schools. Most styles included in this list are lesser known, even in the Karate community or are known by people with historical knowledge of Karate.

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Shorinji-Ryu (Okinawa)

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Shorinji-Ryu is one of the oldest styles of Okinawan Karate and was created by Kanga Sakugawa — a student of the legendary Matsumura Sokon — in 1762. The word "Shorinji" refers to the Shaolin Temple located in China. There are several variants of Shorinji-Ryu, the major ones are Kenkokan and Renshinkan.

Origin: Shuri-Te Shorinji-Ryu

Matsubayashi-Ryu (Okinawa)

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Matsubayashi-Ryu is a style of Karate founded in Okinawa in 1947, by Shoshin Nagamine. Shorin-Ryu is quick and fast in its movements. It uses the bodies natural ability to execute movements and uses the Natural Stance as the most common stance.

Origin: Shuri-Te Shorin-Ryu Matsubayashi-Ryu

Motobu-Ryu (Okinawa)

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Motobu-Ryu is a family Karate style of karate founded in 1922 by Choki Motobu. This particular Karate style focusses on evading attacks, and counter with simultaneous offensive and defensive actions. Since Motobu-Ryu had no kata originally, training is centered on sparring called sōtai-dōsa.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Tomari-Te Motobu-Ryu

Ryuei-Ryu (Okinawa)

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Ryuei-Ryu was originally the family style of the Nakaima family of Naha and was founded by Norisato Nakaima, in 1845. Norisato learned White Crane Kung-Fu in China under Master Xie Zhongxiang. The strong Chinese influence is particularly evident with this style. Ryuei-Ryu was made famous by Tsuguo Sakumoto and his impressive demonstration of Anan kata.

Origin: Naha-Te Ryuei-Ryu

Shukokai (Japan)

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Shukokai is a Karate style developed in the late 1940s by Chōjirō Tani. Heavily influenced by Shito-Ryu, Shukokai was designed around the study of body mechanics. High natural stances, fast foot-work and mobility, and shibori "hip twist" are Shukokai's main characteristics.

Origin: Shuri-Te Shito-Ryu Shukokai

Shudokan (Okinawa)

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Shudokan is a Japanese style of Okinawan Karate developed by Kanken Toyama in 1930. Toyama studied under master Anko Itosu and Kanryō Higaonna. He also studied Kung-Fu in China. Today, Shudokan has developed into a school composed of two systems: Kobudo and Shorin-Ryu.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te, Tomari-Te Shudokan

Shindo Jinen-Ryu (Japan)

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Shindo Jinen-Ryu is a form of Karate that was created by Yasuhiro Konishi in 1933. It incorporates in its curriculum elements of karate, jujutsu, and kendo. Shindo Jinen-Ryu emphasizes both philosophy and education. This school as a strong focus on practicality and often uses entering strikes with finishing takedowns.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Shito-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Muso-Ryu Jujutsu, Takenouchi-Ryu Jujutsu Shindo Jinen-Ryu

What Are The Full-contact Karate Styles?

The founder of Kyokushin Karate, Masutatsu Oyama, organized in 1969 the first 'All-Japan Full Contact Karate Open Championships'.

Full-contact Karate or “Knockdown Karate” advocates full-force sparring where the is determined either by points or knockout.

No protectors or guards are used in Full-contact Karate bouts, with the exception of mouthpieces, groin guards (men) and breast protectors (women).

Today, full contact karate competition comes in several different formats depending on styles and organizations.

Here is a list of the most popular Full-contact Karate styles.

Kyokushin (Japan)

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Kyokushin is the first full-contact karate style. Its founder, Masutatsu Oyama, believed that the only way to test your skills was to participate in full-contact fighting, and not point fighting. Kyokushin puts emphasis is on devastating blows and powerful single strikes. This style of Karate is very hard, and promote self-discipline and mental toughness.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Goju-Ryu Kyokushin

Kyokushin Kan (Japan)

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After the death of Oyama in 1994, conflicts led the Kyokushin Organization to split into different factions. Hatsuo Royama, one of Mas Oyama’s early students, left and created a new organization called Kyokushin-Kan. Its mission is to bring bunkai, ki training, punch-to-face tournaments, and weapon training back in Kyokushin.

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Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Goju-Ryu Kyokushin Kyokushin Kan

Ashihara Karate (Japan)

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Ashihara Karate is an offspring of Kyokushin and was created in 1975 by Hideyuki Ashihara. It's based around Sabaki, a method of stepping out of the line of an attack, into a "blind-spot" position, ideal for a counterattack. Ashihara Karate is preventing head to head forces to collide.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Goju-Ryu Kyokushin Ashihara Karate

Enshin Karate (Japan)

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Enshin is a style of "full contact karate" established in 1988 by Joko Ninomiya. Ninomiya was the protégé of Hideyuki Ashihara and, one day left Ashihara Karate to start his own style in America. Ninomiya popularized even further the Sabaki principles.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Goju-Ryu Kyokushin Ashihara Karate Enshin Karate

Seido Kaikan Karate (Japan)

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Seido Kaikan is a full contact karate style derived from Kyokushin by Kazuyoshi Ishii in 1981. In 1993, Ishii founded the K-1 organization, a kickboxing organization, closely cooperating with, but independent from Seidokaikan. K-1 grew up to be, and still is today, the top kickboxing organization in the world.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Goju-Ryu Kyokushin Seido Kaikan

Byakuren Kaikan (Japan)

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Byakuren Karate is a full contact style established by Sugihara Masayasu in 1984. Byakuren's techniques are divided into two main categories: 'Goho' which focusses striking, blocking and dodging techniques and 'Juho' which concentrates on throwing, joint locking, and submission techniques.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Goju-Ryu Kyokushin Byakuren Kaikan

What Are The Hybrid Karate Styles?

Hybrid Karate is a category of Karate styles that incorporates techniques from other styles into their practice.

Strongly influenced by early no hold barred, vale tudo and MMA tournaments, these styles are not only using striking but also grappling techniques as well.

Here is a list of the most popular hybrid Karate styles:

Kudo or Daido-Juku (Japan)

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Kudo is a Japanese hybrid Karate style founded in 1981 by Kyokushin practitioner Takashi Azuma. Kudo calls itself "a mixed Budo sport" including full contact punches, kicks, throwings, and submission techniques on the ground. Combats are fought using a full face mask head guard and open finger padded gloves.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Goju-Ryu Kyokushin Judo, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Boxing Kudo

Shidokan (Japan)

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Created by Kyokushin practitioner Yoshiji Soeno in 1980, Shidokan Karate is a combination of Kyokushin Karate, Muay Thai, and grappling. Shidokan Karate has a triathlon tournament format where they fight several rounds with changing rules. First-round Kyokushin rules, second round Muay Thai rules and last round MMA rules.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Goju-Ryu Kyokushin Judo, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Boxing Shidokan

Nippon Kempo or Nihon Kempo (Japan)

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Developed in 1932 by Muneomi Sawayama, this type of Karate places uses striking, immobilization and controls, projections and take-downs. Bouts are fought full-contact or semi-contact and participants wear specially developed protective gear (bogu kumite) consisting of a steel cage mask, chest protector and padded gloves.

Origin: Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Goju-Ryu Kyokushin Judo, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Boxing Shidokan

Summary Table
STYLEFOUNDERCREATIONLINEAGE
Shito-RyuKenwa MabuniJapan, 1928Shuri-Te, Naha-Te Shotokan, Goju-Ryu Kyokushin Judo, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Boxing Shidokan
Goju-RyuChojun MiyagiJapan, 1930Naha-Te > Goju-Ryu
Wado-RyuHironori OtsukaJapan, 1939Shuri-Te > Shotokan, Shindō Yōshin-ryū > Wado-Ryu
ShotokanGichin FunakoshiJapan, 1938Shuri-Te > Shotokan
Uechi-RyuKanbun UechiOkinawa, early 1900'sNaha-Te > Uechi-Ryu
Shorin-RyuChosin ChibanaOkinawa, 1933Shuri-Te > Shorin-Ryu
Chito-RyuTsuyoshi ChitoseJapan, 1946Shuri-Te > Shorin-Ryu > Chito-Ryu
Isshin-RyuTatsuo ShimabukuOkinawa, 1957Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shorin-Ryu, Goju-Ryu > Isshin-Ryu
Shorinji-RyuMatsumura SokonRyukyu Kingdom, 1762Shuri-Te > Shorinji-Ryu
Matsubayashi-RyuShoshin NagamineOkinawa, 1947Shuri-Te > Shorin-Ryu > Matsubayashi-Ryu
Motobu-RyuChoki MotobuOkinawa, 1922Shuri-Te, Tomari-Te > Motobu-Ryu
Ryuei-RyuNorisato NakaimaOkinawa, 1845Naha-Te > Ryuei-Ryu
ShukokaiChōjirō TaniJapan, 1940Shuri-Te > Shito-Ryu > Shukokai
ShudokanKanken ToyamaOkinawa, 1930Shuri-Te, Naha-Te, Tomari-Te > Shudokan
Shindo Jinen-RyuYasuhiro KonishiJapan, 1933Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shotokan, Shito-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Muso-Ryu Jujutsu, Takenouchi-Ryu Jujutsu > Shindo Jinen-Ryu
KyokushinMasutatsu OyamaJapan, 1964Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shotokan, Goju-Ryu > Kyokushin
Kyokushin KanHatsuo RoyamaJapan, 1994Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shotokan, Goju-Ryu > Kyokushin > Kyokushin Kan
AshiharaHideyuki AshiharaJapan, 1975Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shotokan, Goju-Ryu > Kyokushin > Ashihara
EnshinJoko NinomiyaJapan, 1988Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shotokan, Goju-Ryu > Kyokushin > Ashihara > Enshin
Seido KaikanKazuyoshi IshiiJapan, 1981Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shotokan, Goju-Ryu > Kyokushin > Seido Kaikan
ByakurenSugihara MasayasuJapan, 1984Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shotokan, Goju-Ryu > Kyokushin > Byakuren Kaikan
KudoTakashi AzumaJapan, 1981Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shotokan, Goju-Ryu > Kyokushin > Judo, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Boxing > Kudo
ShidokanYoshiji SoenoJapan, 1980Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shotokan, Goju-Ryu > Kyokushin > Judo, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Boxing > Shidokan
Nippon KempoMuneomi SawayamaJapan, 1932Shuri-Te, Naha-Te > Shotokan, Goju-Ryu > Kyokushin > Judo, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Boxing > Shidokan

CONCLUSION

As you can see after reading the article, many Karate styles or branches have emerged over time from the "Original Four".

If you count every small, independent school, there can be several hundreds of styles of Karate around the globe!

Each new Karate style was created by a master for various reasons.

Each founder has their own morphology, personality, and vision of efficiency. Each had their own philosophy and teaching that they wanted to transmit to the following generation.

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Personally, I don't adhere to a particular style as I try to go beyond systems as well as schools. I study and practice Karate as a whole, not as fragments.

Whether it's one style or the other, ultimately, they all share the same goal — the perfection of the character of its participants.

What's YOUR favorite style?

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What are the styles of karate? ›

The four main karate styles are Goju-ryu, Shotokan-ryu, Wado-ryu and Shito-ryu. Each form is derived in some way from the karate established by Gichin Funakoshi. Each one has its own techniques that rely heavily on the core tenets of karate in general.

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The four major karate styles developed in Okinawa and Japan are Shotokan, Wado-ryu, Shito-ryu, and Goju-ryu; many other styles of Karate are derived from these four. The first three of these styles find their origins in the Shorin-Ryu style from Shuri, Okinawa, while Goju-ryu finds its origins in Naha.

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The styles recognised by the WKF are Goju-ryu, Shito-ryu, Shotokan and Wado-ryu.

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Early styles of karate are often generalized as Shuri-te, Naha-te, and Tomari-te, named after the three cities from which they emerged.

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Kyokushin karate is the hardest style of karate. While most other styles consist of both hard and soft techniques, Kyokushin is all about power and damage. It embraces a hard method of training and hard sparring without the gear.

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Karate, specifically Kyokushin or Goju-Ryu karate, can be quite effective as a means of self-defense. Karate uses strong linear strikes, blocks, and kicks. Kyokushin is the preferred style for fighting because it is the most straightforward karate style.

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The Father of Modern Karate. Funakoshi Gichin was born on Nov 10, 1868 in Yamakawa, Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture. He was of samurai lineage, from a family which in former times had been vassals of Ryukyu Dynasty nobles.

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There are two styles of martial arts represented in The Karate Kid, Okinawan Karate and Korean Tang Soo Do. Kreese's Karate is Tang Soo Do mostly because the choreographer for the original films was Grandmaster Pat E. Johnson, a leading proponent of that style.

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Uechi-ryū (Japanese: 上地流) is also Okinawa-based and is a combination of the Naha-te group styles and the Pangai-noon style of kung fu. It equally balances between hard and soft types of techniques and the stances are mainly natural. It has just 8 kata, the least of all the styles.

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Japan officially recognized karate as a martial art only 86 years ago. And its origins are not in mainland Japan at all: It was born in the archipelago of Okinawa, a long-independent kingdom whose culture was heavily influenced by China and which maintains its own identity today.

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The word karate is a combination of two kanji (Chinese characters): kara, meaning empty, and te, meaning hand; thus, karate means "empty hand." Adding the suffix "-dō" (pronounced "daw"), meaning "the way/path," karate-dō, implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense applications.

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Japanese martial arts commonly use Sensei (先生) meaning "teacher" or literally translated, "born first" or "one who has gone before". A Sensei is a person who has knowledge and is willing to teach that knowledge to another.

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Karate history can be traced back some 1400 years, to Daruma, founder of Zen Buddhism in Western India . Daruma is said to have introduced Buddhism into China , incorporating spiritual and physical teaching methods that were so demanding that many of his disciples would drop in exhaustion.

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Because it's a remake of a film with the same name and they didn't want to lose out on the popularity of the older film. If you have seen both films, you will notice that both stories are quite similar too, only replacing Karate with Kung-fu and changing the location.

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1. The Karate Kid (1984) The original movie is still the best in the series. It's about a hotheaded boy named Daniel who moves to a new town, gets bullied by these martial artists, and then meets a repairman (played by Morita) who just so happens to also know Karate.

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Formulaic Japanese is taught as part of karate techniques, practised as the language of performance and rituals and valued as the key indicator of karate expertise over other languages.

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Even though there are numerous forms of kata in existence, 102 katas are approved by the World Karate Federation and are performed at WKF-recognized events.

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Brown Belt − This shows that the plant is full grown and it is ready for the harvesting. Similarly in karate it indicates that the student has gained adequate knowledge about the skills and now he is ready for the combat.

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It is implied that Miyagi teaches a style of Karate called Goju-Ryu. Goju means “hard soft” (the Go is the same character as in Gosuku-Ryu and the Ju is the same as in Judo – “the Soft Way”). Although never overtly stated, there are many subtle references throughout the films and series.

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The Cobra Kai Karate style does have its roots in Okinawan Karate, branching out from a prominent style, called the Goju-Ryu (Goju meaning “hard soft”). Goju-Rye originated in Okinawa, and many people may not know that the Cobra Kai is not of a style, but of a school.

What are the karate belts in order? ›

There are 6 belt colors: white belt, orange belt, blue belt, yellow belt, green belt, brown belt, and black belt. All belts besides the white belt can have dashes to indicate further progress. Here is a summary of the different karate belts.

Which is better Shotokan or Kyokushin? ›

Kyokushin is the preferred martial art for competing in combat against other martial artists or self-defense situations. Shotokan, on the other hand, focuses on obtaining a balanced and better life.

What style is Eagle Fang karate? ›

Eagle Fang Karate is it's own style derived from Cobra Kai. It uses lot's of side kicks, knee kicks, round house kicks, and Sweeps in combination with straight punches, backfists, and chops. Eagle Fang is a derivative of American Tang Soo Do, popularized by Karate Champion Chuck Norris.

Is Cobra Kai or Miyagi-Do better? ›

Based on the above categories, Cobra Kai seems to be better than Miyagi Do. Although it is somehow more violent than Miyagi Do, it has better battle preparation, dojo, combat style, and technique. In actual fighting, non-traditional martial arts seem more beneficial than traditional ones.

Why is it called Karate Kid? ›

Because it's a remake of a film with the same name and they didn't want to lose out on the popularity of the older film. If you have seen both films, you will notice that both stories are quite similar too, only replacing Karate with Kung-fu and changing the location.

Is Miyagi do real? ›

Miyagi's form of karate is called, becomes the tool LaRusso uses to overcome Cobra Kai Karate, his chief rival in the first film. The martial art is portrayed as a mysterious form passed down through the Miyagi family in Okinawa, Japan, but what's the truth of it? Miyagi-Do doesn't exist in the real world.

How can I learn karate? ›

How To Learn Karate At Home | Lets get Kicking! - YouTube

Is Goju-Ryu effective? ›

Goju-Ryu is considered to be highly effective and great art to start out with for general conditioning and all-around close-range skills. Another element of Goju-Ryu which makes it highly effective is its focus on body conditioning, somewhat like Kyokushin style karate (which was influenced by Goju-Ryu).

What is the highest level in karate? ›

The brown belt rank is the highest in the karate hierarchy. The student's martial skills and mental maturity have matured to a certain degree at this time.

What karate belt colors mean? ›

The belt colors tell a story…

Of life, growth & advancement. From the beginning and birth (white belt) to the intermediate parts of development (orange, green, blue etc.) to maturing and going beyond (purple, brown, black belt). The belts symbolize your progress as an individual – both inside & outside the dojo.

What is the best karate belt? ›

Usually, the black belt is the highest belt in martial arts. But, in Karate, the red belt is reserved for exemplary masters of the art and is above the black belt.

Which karate style has the least Kata? ›

Uechi-ryū (Japanese: 上地流) is also Okinawa-based and is a combination of the Naha-te group styles and the Pangai-noon style of kung fu. It equally balances between hard and soft types of techniques and the stances are mainly natural. It has just 8 kata, the least of all the styles.

What is non contact karate called? ›

Kyokushin
FocusStriking
HardnessFull-contact
CreatorMasutatsu Oyama
Famous practitioners(see notable practitioners)
Ancestor artsGōjū-ryū, Shotokan
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Is Shotokan Karate powerful? ›

Is Shotokan Karate good for street fighting? Yes, Shotokan is suitable for street fighting as it guarantees your self-defense mechanism. Shotokan Karate co-operates very destructive techniques that aim at entirely destroying, maiming, or killing your opponent.

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