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Martial Arts Jason Levi Grade 10 Contracted gym October 28 1996 Martial Arts Levi 2 The word karate literally means the art of empty hands It is the most widely practiced of all the martial arts Karate is a sport and a means of self-defense that uses the body as a weapon in striking kicking and blocking In Japan where it is called karate-do it involves discipline of the mind as well as of the body Unlike judo and aikido it is not a grappling or throwing sport There are hundreds of varieties of karate stemming from the intense rivalry among teachers of the art Some of which will be touched upon in this report In the early 6th century AD Bodhidharma an Indian priest and knight brought Zen Buddhism to China along with a system of 18 self-defense exercises The exercises evolved into a form of boxing which spread with Zen throughout China and in the 12th century reached Japan Karate originated in Okinawa many centuries ago where it was based on combat techniques imported from China It was not called karate until it was introduced into Japan early in the 20th century by Gichin Funakoshi It was he who gave the art its present name in 1935 to differentiate it from Okinawan types that used weapons Its worldwide popularity came about after World War II when many United States servicemen stationed in Japan discovered it The martial arts are popular in many parts of the world today as means of self-defense law enforcement tactics competitive sports and exercises for physical fitness Among the better known forms are karate kung fu
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