Karate is a martial-art , characterised by its distinct combination of kicking, punching, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-handed techniques such as the famous karate chop. Wikipedia's article on Karate traces it's origins back to the 14th century as a common fighting system. Karate has many different variations and can be practised as a sport (budô ), an art or as self-defence training. Many Karateka (practitioners of Karate) are respectful and mindful of the philosophical ideals of Karate. The philisophical ideals of Karate stress the importance of the responsibility of the individual. Karate can be deadly when practised by an expert and as such should only ever be used in exceptional circumstances.
Karate Training Equipment
If you practice or are interested in starting Karate training, there is some standard equipment you may consider purchasing.
There are a number of instructional Karate DVDs available to help improve you training experience and increase you Karate knowledge and skills.
There are thousands of books on Karate out there for everyone from beginner to advanced. There titles on the history of Karate ,Karate training ,Karate weapons and Karate styles .