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History of Karate


Karate is a martial art, developed in Loochoo (the old name of Okinawan Islands) since ancient times. The inhabitants of these islands had peculiar bare hand striking and bare feet kicking techniques which constitute special features of Karate. They called it "Tei" which means hand.


During the Tang dynasty of China, a special method of Kenpo (boxing) was introduced to the islands together with the culture of the dynasty, and contributed so much to the development of the native way of boxing "Tei" that the inhabitants named this superior foreign way of boxing "To-dei" which literally means "Tang Hand" and had a special regard for the new form of boxing.


In 1406, the King of Loochoo Islands proclaimed the establishment of a peaceful country and forbade inhabitants to hold or carry weapons. This prohibition is said to have made "To-dei" more popular. However, some warriors were allowed to rearm themselves later to protect their islands from possible invasion. In fact in 1609, Ryukyu (as Loochoo was subsequently renamed) was conquered by the Japanese Shimazu Daimyo of Satsuma and made dominion of the clan, the conquerors confiscated all the weapons of Ryukyun in order to rule the Islands with greater ease, and were prohibited to practice any martial arts. The Ryukyun Warriors who fought against the soldiers of the Shimazu clan were renowned for their bravery and fighting skills, consequently this led them to them (most were members of shizoku Samurai class) practising the art of weaponless defence To-dei clandestinely. This art of Kinawan unarmed combat was introduced to the public of Japan proper for the first time in the spring of 1922, as Okinawan Kenpo or To-dei or Ryukyun Karate-Jitsu.




Ju-Jitsu is the ancient fighting art of the Samurai.


Ju-Jitsu is an all-inclusive art that utilises throws, locks, kicks, punches, and takedowns, ground fighting, weapons and unarmed against weapons.


Ju-Jitsu is not a sport, but a fighting art that pre-dates Anno Domini.







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