ka·​ra·​te·​ka | \ ˌkä-rä-ˈtā-kä How to pronounce karateka (audio) , kə-ˈrä-tē-ˌkä \
plural karatekas

Definition of karateka

: a practitioner of karate … one of the few remaining karateka to have trained with the younger Funakoshi.Dragon Times, 8 July 1998

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First Known Use of karateka

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Karateka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karateka. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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