Karate is a hard Japanese martial art that employs various techniques of very direct striking and kicking, but rarely weapons. Karate translates to "empty hand". The modern karate that most people are familiar with is Shotokan karate which became popular in the 1920's due to Gichin Funakoshi.

Certain aspects of karate have been used in other martial arts like tae kwon do.

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