Karate

Karate or karate-do is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands from indigenous fighting methods and Chinese kenp?. It is primarily a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands and ridge-hands. A karate practitioner is called a karateka.

Today the most commonly known styles of karate are Goju Ryu, Shotokan, Wado Ryu and Shito Ryu.

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Kalaripayattu

Kalarippayattu is an Indian martial art with origins in Kerala and practised in that south Indian state and contiguous parts of neighbouring Tamil Nadu. It incorporates strikes, kicks, grappling, choreographed martial art sequences, and weaponry, as well as healing techniques.

Kalarippayattu underwent a period of decline when Nairs lost to the British after the introduction of firearms and especially after the full establishment of British colonial rule in the 19th century.

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Kajukenbo

Kajukenbo was founded in 1947 at Palamas Settlement on Oahu, Hawaii.

It developed out a group calling themselves the “Black Belt Society”, which consisted of black belts from various martial arts backgrounds who met to train and learn with each other. This was the beginning of an evolutionary, adaptive style designed to combine the most useful aspects of the arts.

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Kali Silat

Kali, meaning body in motion, is the Martial Art of the Philippines.

The Filipino art of Kali is a weapon based system which ultimately leads to the use of the empty hands. This art employs the use of the single stick, the double sticks, single dagger (knife), double daggers, stick and dagger combination, the staff, the single and double swords(s), empty hand striking and kicking, grappling, and nerve striking.

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Judo

Judo meaning "gentle way", is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai bud?) and combat sport, that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century.

The founder Professor Jigoro Kano (see Culture/Legends) opened the Kodokan Dojo in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1882 and started to train students in Nippon-Den-Kodokan-Judo.

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