Karate is the Martial Art that is practiced on Okinawa and later introduced to mainland Japan by Master Gichin Funakoshi. Depending on how you write the Kanji “Chinese” characters, Karate can be translated as either Chinese hand or Empty hand.
On Okinawa, the main styles of traditional karate are Kobayashi Shorin ryu, Goju ryu, Matsubayashi Shorin ryu, and Uechi ryu. On mainland Japan the main styles of traditional karate are Shotokan ryu, Goju ryu, Shito ryu, and Wado ryu.
Shotokan ryu Karate-do, being the most popular style of karate in the world, emphasize rigorous physical training to developing the clean linear and powerful focus techniques that we see today in the style. The style tends to be very well structure and organized in it’s instruction. It emphasize the practices of striking techniques with the arm and leg plus blocks, evasions, and a strong offense as a defense.
Shotokan ryu Karate-do, is one of the most popular Karate style, practiced all over the world by millions. Shotokan ryu Karate-do can be practiced as a form of self defense as well as for sporting.