Definition of karate in English:

karate

Line breaks: ka¦rate
Pronunciation: /kəˈrɑːti
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • An oriental system of unarmed combat using the hands and feet to deliver and block blows, widely practised as a sport.
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    • It is a fact that karate, judo, kendo, and iaido are much easier to learn than aikido.
    • Then she hired a fourth degree black belt in karate and did martial arts training.
    • He also runs regularly and has taken up two different martial arts - karate and wing chun, a form of tai chi.

It was formalized in Okinawa in the 17th century, and popularized via Japan after about 1920. Karate is performed barefoot in loose padded clothing, with a coloured belt indicating the level of skill, and involves mental as well as physical training

Origin

Japanese, from kara 'empty' + te 'hand'.

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