noun \kə-ˈrä-tē\

: a form of fighting that was developed in Japan in which your feet and hands are used to kick and hit an opponent : a Japanese martial art

Full Definition of KARATE

:  a Japanese art of self-defense employing hand strikes and kicks to disable or subdue an opponent
ka·ra·te·ist \-tē-ist\ noun

Origin of KARATE

Japanese, from kara empty + te hand
First Known Use: 1947


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Martial art in which an attacker is disabled by crippling kicks and punches. Emphasis is on concentration of as much of the body's power as possible at the point and instant of impact. Striking surfaces include the hand (particularly the knuckles and the hand's outer edge), ball of the foot, heel, forearm, knee, and elbow. In sporting matches (usually lasting about three minutes) and in sparring, blows and kicks are stopped short of contact. Performances are scored by a panel of judges. Karate evolved in East Asia over a period of centuries, becoming systematized in Okinawa in the 17th century, probably by people forbidden to carry weapons. It was imported into Japan in the 1920s and spread from there to other countries. See also tae kwon do.


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