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Karate is a traditional Japanese martial art that focuses on striking techniques, self-defense, and personal development. It was developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom (now Okinawa, Japan) and has evolved over centuries, incorporating elements from Chinese martial arts and indigenous Okinawan fighting styles. The word “karate” is a combination of two Japanese characters: “kara” (空), meaning “empty,” and “te” (手), meaning “hand.” Thus, karate translates to “empty hand,” signifying its unarmed combat nature. It emphasizes the use of the practitioner’s hands, feet, elbows, and knees to execute various strikes, blocks, and kicks against opponents.