Portsmouth JKA Karate Club

About Karate

The martial art Te (“Hand”) originated in Okinawa as a system of self-defense that had been influenced by Chinese kempo at some point during its development.

It was then introduced from Okinawa to Japan in the 1920's by master Funakoshi Gichin who further developed it. By the 1930's, all major Japanese Universities has karate clubs.

The Japan Karate Association (Nihon Karate Kyokai) was established in 1949, and in the 1960's began to send it's best instructors around the world to promote Karate.

Karate is essentially a martial art utilising punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes and open-hand techniques.
It can be practised as a sport, for self-defence and for fitness but its main benefit is how it fosters self-discipline, respect and courtesy.

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