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Karate is a martial art for self defense. It uses blocks, punches, kicks and methods of moving to avoid or defeat an attacker.

Karate was organized, systematized and perfected in Okinawa in the 17th century when the island was dominated by the Japanese, who forbid the use of weapons by the inhabitants. Okinawa-te was clearly directly influenced by earlier Chinese martial arts, particularly certain styles associated with the Shaolin temples. This art was taught in secret among the popula...

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