Karate can be traced back to 6th century China when Dharma developed a system to promote the physical development and to give monks and missionaries the skills and ability to defend themselves. In 1609 Okinawa was conquered and the rulers implemented strict no-weapons policies. To defend themselves, the Okinawans refined empty-handed combat techniques. The Okinawans trained mostly at night and in their sleeping garments, which is the origin of the karate gi.
Karate is a striking art in which you face an opponent face to face and then block and weaken his blows while striking with maximum impact until you can incapacitate your opponent.
Bushido Road: A Martial Arts Blog
Katas and techniques
The Law of the Fist Martial Arts Encyclopedia
A Martial arts resource which aims to be the most complete encyclopedia on the fighting arts.
All Karate styles: Tutorials and Video clips
Videos of 26 Shotokan Karate Katas.
Shotokan Karate Techniques
Step by step guide to stances, blocks, strikes and kicks. Some pictures included.
Fighting and training methods for unarmed martial artists.
Free Karate Resources & Karate Community
Free karate videos,karate legends history, history of karate and vital points.The best karate community for all styles.
Kazoku Kai International
Legend Gates Karate
This site is dedicated to all forms of Martial Arts, but focuses on Shotokai - Shotokan - and Kenpo.
Traditional Budo Shotokai dojo in Atsugi Province, Japan. Kawababe Sensei received his rank from Gichin Funokoshi at the Waseda University.
International Shotokan Karate Federation
USA National Karate-do Federation
World Karate Federation
American Kempo-Karate Association
An organization that supports and governs the Shorinji Toraken Ryu system of martial arts.
American Combat Kenpo Association
Martial Art Community for the KICK generation.
Martial Arts Supplies
How to make and use a makiwara. You can also purchase one here.
--Spokane, WA Ironfist Bushidokan & Kickboxing Academy.
The Peaceful Warriors' Martial Arts Institute
Karate and Martial Arts lessons in Ontario, Canada.
Ryukyu Shorinji-Ryu Remmei
Ryukyu Shorinji-Ryu Karate-Kobujutsu/Hakko-Ryu Jujutsu Fed. Located in Williamsport, PA.
Sample dojo protocol rules
Worldwide dojo listing provided by the International Shotokan Karate Federation
All American Karate
An American Kenpo Karate School offering private and group lessons in Kenpo Karate for adults and children. Located in Fairview Park, OH.
Karate Do - Sensei Tanzadeh Shitoryu Karatedo Cyber Academy
The style of Karate known as Shitoryu is one of the four major karate styles in the world. Sensei Tanzadeh describes the details of shitoryu karate.
Classical Okinawan Karate
Dedicated to the preservation of Classical Okinawan Karate and Culture and to Taika Seiyu Oyata.
Kenpo karate by students who love the art.
Dedicated to preserving, researching and promoting the ancient Okinawa fighting art of karate.
A Christian organization of young people who desire to experience activities and opportunities that will make their lives more meaningful and complete.
International Karate Circuit
A regional sport karate circuit with tournaments in Georgia and Alabama.
Won's Martial Arts
Home to many current and former World Champions. School members have appeared on ABC's Live with Regis and Kelly, the Discovery Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, UPN, Home Team Sports, and Korean Television.