a Japanese system of self-defense characterized chiefly by sharp, quick blows delivered with the hands and feet
Origin of karateJapanese from kara, empty + te, hand
A Japanese martial art in which sharp blows and kicks are administered to pressure-sensitive points on the body of an opponent.
Origin of karateJapanese kara empty te hand
- An Okinawan martial art involving primarily punching and kicking, but additionally, advanced throws, arm bars, grappling and all means of fighting.
Borrowed from Japanese 空手 (karate), from 唐手 (karate), from Okinawan 唐手 (tūdī, “empty hand”).