Karate meaning

kə-rätē
A Japanese martial art in which sharp blows and kicks are administered to pressure-sensitive points on the body of an opponent.
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A Japanese system of self-defense characterized chiefly by sharp, quick blows delivered with the hands and feet.
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An Okinawan martial art involving primarily punching and kicking, but additionally, advanced throws, arm bars, grappling and all means of fighting.
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Origin of karate

  • Japanese kara empty te hand

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowed from Japanese 空手 (karate), from 唐手 (karate), from Okinawan 唐手 (tūdī, “empty hand”).

    From Wiktionary