Karate is one of the most well known Martial Art word in the world. As such, it is probably the must misunderstood and misused word. There are many schools that use the term "Karate" to describe their Martial Art. For the purposes of this category, "Karate" will be understood as the following.
Karate, meaning empty hands, is a style of Martial Art with Okinawan and Japanese roots and traditions. One of the key figures of Karate is Gichin Funakoshi. Most of the traditional Karate systems today, can trace their lineage to him.
Today, there are more systems of Karate than could possibly be categorized here. For your site to fit this category, it must represent a "Karate" system that has its origin in an Okinawan/Japanese traditional karate.
Please submit only sites with information on Karate that has a global
interest here. To be listed here the site must have information on more than one style of Karate or if there is no style category that exists yet.
Also please note: School sites should be submitted to Schools and Instruction and organization sites to Organizations. They should not be submitted here, even if they contain news and information or resources.
Non English site should be listed in World/ NOT here.
Goju Ryu, meaning "hard/soft style", was founded by Chojun Miyagi some time in the 1920's. There are three major splits of Goju Ryu. They are Okinawan (Miyagi/Meitoku Yagi), Japanese (Miyagi/Gogen Yamaguchi) and USA (Miyagi/Yamaguchi/Peter Urban).
Besides Goju Ryu, other common names to the style are Goju Kai and Chinese Goju.
Please submit only sites with information on Goju Ryu that has a world wide interest here. If the web site is for an organization, or a school, please choose an appropriate sub-category.
Isshin-ryu, meaning "one heart or whole-hearted way", was founded by Tatsuo Shimabuku in 1954. The system is a blend of Goju Ryu and Shorin Ryu. Tatsua Shimabuku was reported to have studied from Chotoku Kyan, Chojun Miyagi and Choki Motobu.
Please submit only sites that are for Isshin Ryu organizations not schools. An organization would be an adminstrative resource for coordination of resources for a group. We cannot guarantee a listing in the directory. Only sites with good information will be considered.
Traditional Okinawan weapons. The weapons of Karate were developed by the Okinawans out of necessity. Most of these weapons were farming tools. They include sai, nunchaku, tonfa, kama, and more.
Please only submit sites that are about Traditional Okinawan Kobudo (weapons). The sai, nunchaku, tonfa, kama, and etc.
This category are for sites on Kokondo (traditional Japanese karate) and Jukido (traditional japanese jujitsu). Both arts are taught as one.
Please submit sites that are about Kokondo and Jukido.
Kyokushinkai Karate is characterized by requiring its participants to undertake strenuous training, conditioning and realistic contact while sparring. Kyokushin karateka believe this contact is necessary in order to fully appreciate the resiliency of the human body and spirit and to prepare for any serious confrontation.
The style was founded by Oyama Masatatsu (d.1994), a naturalised Japanese of Korean origin who attained expertise in Okinawan, Japanese, Korean and Chinese martial arts and was a renowned karate tournament champion.
Fitness is essential for the ability to perform under the pressure of combat and is emphasised in aerobic and anaerobic training. Strength training, makiwara and heavy bag work are utilised to develop power and realistic application of technique.
Partner-training and sparring involve conditioning the body parts involved in offense and defense. This is done through use of medium to heavy contact in application of techniques. The style is famed for strong kicking techniques, especially the devastating low roundhouse kick to the thigh. However, there are safety measures to prevent excessive injury in regular sparring: use of mouthguards, gloves, shin protectors is permitted and hand techniques to the head are forbidden.
Kata from diverse styles have been incorporated, based upon the founder's expertise in Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, Korean and Chinese martial arts. Tournaments involve kata and sparring competition. Generally, the full contact sparring tournaments are most popular, with the concession of mouthguard and groin protector only, and points scored only for knockdowns or knockouts.
Please submit only sites that are for Kyokushin organizations not schools. An organization would be an adminstrative resource for coordination of resources for a group.
Please submit sites that are a general resource to karate in general. School and Organization sites will not be listed here. Also please choose the most appropriate subcategory for your site.
Includes links to sites and subcategories that cover a range of martial arts-related topics.
Includes, but not limited to:
News and Media coverage
Chats and Forums
This category is for schools as well as training and instructional programs which are of a general aspect to Karate.
Please read description of Karate first.
Please submit only schools that teach; a specific Karate style for which no category exists, or more than one style of Karate.
Shito Ryu was founded by Kenwa Mabuni by combining Shorin Ryu and Shorei Ryu. He brought his system to Osaca, Japan in 1929. As with many of the Okinawan and Japanese styles, Kobudo (Okinawan Weapon) and Iado (Japanese Sword) are also taught. This category also houses sites for the style of Shukokai a direct descendant of Shito Ryu.
Please submit only sites that are for Shito Ryu organizations not schools. An organization would be an administrative resource for coordination of resources for a group.
Shorin Ryu, meaning "young forest style" or "shaolin style", is reported to have originated from an Okinawan style called Shuri-te.
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Shotokan and Shotkai Karate evolved from the teachings of Master Gichin Funakoshi. Though Shotokan and Shotokai karate has it's roots in Okinawa it is considered to be a Japanese Martial Art.
Please submit only sites/pages displayed in English. Sites should contain relevant information on the Art of Shotokan Karate, Shotokan Karate-do, or Shotokai. If it is a School or Organizational site, please choose an appropriate category.
Wado, meaning "way of peace" is a style of karate that was founded in the 1930's by Hironori Otsuka. Wado was created from the karate he learned from Gichin Funakoshi and the ju jitsu he studied earlier in life.
Please submit only sites with information on Wado that has a world wide interest here. If the web site is for an organization, or a school, please choose an appropriate sub-category.
Sites on and for Women in Karate.
Please submit sites on Women in Karate. Includes schools, organizations, and resource sites for all styles of Karate.