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Today karate is practiced for self-perfection, for cultural reasons, for self-defense and as a sport.
In 2005, in the 117th IOC (International Olympic Committee) voting, karate did not receive the necessary two thirds majority vote to become an Olympic sport. Web Japan (sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs) claims there are 50 million karate practitioners worldwide.Contents [hide] 1 History 1.1 Okinawa1.2 Japan2 Practice 2.1 Kihon2.2 Kata2.3 Kumite2.4 Dojo Kun2.5 Conditioning2.6 Sport2.7 Rank2.8 Dishonest practice3 Philosophy4 Etymology5 Karate and its influence outside Japan 5.1 Canada5.2 Korea5.3 Soviet Union5.4 United Kingdom5.5 United States5.6 France6 Film and popular culture in the West7 Karate in mixed martial arts8 See also9 References10 External links  History Okinawa See also: Okinawan martial arts Karate began as a common fighting system known as te (Okinawan: ti) among the Pechin class of the Ryukyuans.
Traditional karate kata bear a strong resemblance to the forms found in Fujian martial arts such as Fujian White Crane, Five Ancestors, and Gangrou-quan (Hard Soft Fist; pronounced "Gōjūken" in Japanese). Many Okinawan weapons such as the sai, tonfa, and nunchaku may have originated in and around Southeast Asia.
Sakukawa Kanga (1782–1838) had studied pugilism and staff (bo) fighting in China (according to one legend, under the guidance of Kosokun, originator of kusanku kata).
In 1901 Itosu helped to get karate introduced into Okinawa's public schools.Karate-do teaches ethical principles and can have spiritual significance to its adherents.Gichin Funakoshi ("Father of Modern Karate") titled his autobiography Karate-Do: My Way of Life in recognition of the transforming nature of karate study.For other uses, see Karate (disambiguation)."Karateka" redirects here. Karate(空手) Hanashiro Chōmo Also known as Karate-dō (空手道) Focus Striking Hardness full contact to non contact Country of origin Ryūkyū Kingdom / Japan (from Ryukyu Islands indigenous fighting methods and Chinese kenpō and further explored in Japan) Creator Sakukawa Kanga; Matsumura Sōkon; Itosu Ankō; Arakaki Seishō; Higaonna Kanryō; Gichin Funakoshi; Motobu Chōki Parenthood Chinese martial arts, indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands (Naha-te, Shuri-te, Tomari-te) Olympic sport Not voted in 2005 (for 2012) or in 2009 (for 2016) Karate (空手?) ( /kəˈrɑːtiː/; Japanese pronunciation: [kaɽate] ( listen)) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan.