Karate is not a martial art whose ultimate goal is victory or defeat,
rather, it is where one overcomes visible and invisible trials in
the attempt to round out one's character in the midst of the toil
of training. It is an art of self-defense, where one systematically
trains one's hands and legs bare-handed, and as if displaying a
weapon-like force, one forestalls unexpected opponents with each
thrust and kick. It is a form of physical exercise where one moves
one's limbs and entire body forward and back, left and right and
up and down uniformly, and furthermore where one masters all types
of actions including bending and stretching, leaping and balance.
It is a hand-to-hand skill,
| will-power, one uses well-controlled
skills, and accurately grasping the target, one proves the superiority
of one's skill by instantaneously releasing the maximum impact force.
When a student of karate
(a karateka) reaches the dan level, his body has been trained as a
weapon. He can defend himself in any given situation and protect himself
in all different directions, using his limbs freely and independently.
The basic techniques are divided into 4 groups, i.e. blocking, punching,
kicking, and striking. In combat, a karateka needs not only these
techniques, but also others aspects - power, speed, timing, rhythm,
breathing and a strong spirit. In a serious unarmed fight the individual
possessing the stronger spirit and better technique will win. And,
not only in that sense, the practice of karate will indeed lead to
a development of character and self potential. As with other Japanese
martial arts, karate requires a sound spirit and has clear rules of
behavior and respect. The final purpose of karate training is not
to defeat an opponent in competition but to develop perfect character,
overcoming mental and physical sufferings under rigorous discipline.
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Top paragraph by Master Masatoshi Nakayama
Bottom paragraph by JKA Website