There are many different styles of martial arts some of which comprise Aikido, Judo, Aikido, Jujutsu and Karate. However, Karate is definitely the most common martial arts style, largely due to how and why it was designed. It emerged on the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan and developed from the fundamental necessity to live by peaceful men and women. The banning of weapons in Okinawa from the 1400’s by the Shiraz clan, a Japanese clan, spurred on the development of Karate formalizing it into a martial art that was used to defend a civilization against armed warriors.
In its purest form, Karate is a striking art of weapon less self defence that uses punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes, and open hand techniques like spear-hands, knife-hands and palm heel strikes that are implemented in linear or circular striking and thrusting moves used to learn from karate classes. When these techniques and others like vital point strikes, throws and joint locks are combined with good breathing and body posture, Karate becomes a powerful self defence system than can defend against both armed and unarmed assailants.
Karate, as a martial art, has withstood numerous adversarial challenges. The establishment of trade associations between Ryukyu Islands and Fujian Province finally caused many households to move to Okinawa where they shared with the Keno, a mix of fighting styles, together with the native Okinawa’s they interacted with. Gradually, the traditional fighting techniques of Okinawa started to change because its natives sought to focus on power that would concentrate on inflicting injuries on armour-wearing opponents. The majority of the self-defence philosophies and techniques within the Okinawa fighting systems emerged in the initial type of Shoaling Kung Fu. So as to adapt to the body of Okinawa people, alterations were made in certain techniques from the first Kung Fu methods.
Despite Karate keeping the 9 original essential aspects brought, many Karate professionals, better called Karate as, do not know about them nor do they practice all of them. These 9 Karate aspects are striking vital areas, joint locks, and pressure points, grappling and choking. Others are pain management, sweeping and throwing, breathing, and counter to each the aforementioned aspects. The aspects are practiced and practiced through Okinawa Kata or forms, in which many of them are hidden moves.
Although Karate was not intended for sports, the requirement for Karate as to test their skills against fellow martial artists developed it into Sport Karate. These days, many Karate sports associations exist with the biggest organization being the World Karate Federation WKF that is recognized by the International Olympics Committee as having the mandate of overseeing Karate competitions in the Olympic Games.