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Cara Koch

13 Main Karate Styles and Their Differences

Karate is like a living thing. Though established relatively recently in the early 1900s, the roots of Karate stretch back over centuries.  Though modern Karateka performs some of the same movements as ancient martial artists, some of the techniques have been completely revamped. Even the basic Karate style that Gichin Funakoshi brought from Okinawa to

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Most Popular Martial Art
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Cara Koch

What Is the World’s Most Popular Martial Art?

What is the world’s most popular martial art? Well, that depends on who you ask…and what parameters you use to define it. There isn’t official data that counts how many practitioners of each sport exist.  On top of that, the popularity of martial arts styles ebbs and flows with time. It is influenced by different

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Cara Koch

Karate Belt Order – Belt Colors & Meaning

Have you ever wondered about all those different colored belts in a Karate class? The visual cue about a student’s progress is handy. Plus, it provides a source of pride and a sense of accomplishment for Karate students as they move through the ranks and are awarded new colors.  But where did the idea of

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What is karate, Karate origin, History of karate
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Cara Koch

What Is Karate? Karate Origin and Colorful History

What is Karate? Where did Karate come from? The history of Karate is quite interesting. It teaches us that even oppressed people can have an impact on the rest of the world for generations.  Interested to learn more about Karate origin? Read on! What Is Karate? Karate is a hard style of Japanese martial arts.

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kung fu, kung fu origin, kung fu history
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Cara Koch

What Is Kung Fu? The History of Kung Fu’s Origin

Kung Fu. What comes most readily to mind when you hear these words? Do you picture a determined warrior fluidly battling a giant bear atop a lonely mountain top? Or maybe you see a lovable panda named Po realizing his dreams of becoming the Dragon Warrior. Regardless, the essence of Kung Fu is far more

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benefits of martial arts
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Cara Koch

Top 9 Health Benefits of Martial Arts

What are the benefits of martial arts? As you might guess, they go well beyond simply learning to kick the crap out of someone to defend yourself.  A martial arts class offers a great workout, providing many physical health benefits of martial arts for adults and kids alike. But, beyond this, martial arts is also

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Full Contact Karate
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Cara Koch

Lights Out Time: An Introduction to Full Contact Karate

Have you ever heard anyone mocking competition karate? Many fighters, particularly within the realm of MMA, laugh at the strict rules put in place to avoid hurting the other person.  Sport karate practitioners are more interested in showing off their skills and perfectly practiced techniques than in decimating their opponents. This is in stark contrast

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boxing vs karate
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Cara Koch

Boxing vs Karate: Which Style Wins?

What catches your eye more? A karateka flying through the air to deliver an impressive sidekick or a powerful boxing punch that sends the opponent flying through the air?  Today we’re going to tackle the differences between boxing vs karate. We don’t expect to settle the debate, martial artists of all types will be arguing

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karate rules
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Span Chen

Comprehensive Introduction to Karate Rules of Kumite and Kata

How do you win a karate competition? Unlike the sometimes brutal knockout matches of the UFC or even the MMA, the road to winning karate competitions is through good technique rather than brute force strategically applied.  Well-executed techniques landed on the opponent = points scored. Plus, many moves or targets that are considered too dangerous

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Benjamin Roussey

The Most Comprehensive Introduction of WKF

Karate has emerged to become a globally acclaimed sport over the past couple of decades. Owing to a surge of karate enthusiasts and sound training resources, there has been tremendous growth in this martial art form. Understanding the scope of this form has led to greater opportunities for karate practitioners and masters to be recognized

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Karate in the Olympics in 2020
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Cara Koch

Is Karate an Olympic Sport?

What martial arts are in the Olympics? Is Karate in the Olympics?  Not yet, but it’s about to be.  Karate was set to make its debut as an Olympic sport at the 2020 Olympics. It was particularly fitting for this Japanese martial arts style since last year’s Olympics were to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

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why is it inaccurate to call karate a martial art
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Benjamin Roussey

Why Is It Inaccurate To Call Karate A Martial Art?

With an entire generation getting interested in the field of martial arts, a great deal has been said and heard of the subject. Almost all forms of martial arts have been created or branched out from a sister form for a certain purpose, to convey a message. Let’s talk about one such form, karate. While

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what style of karate is cobra kai
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Benjamin Roussey

What Style Of Karate Is Cobra Kai?

Growing up, I remember watching The Karate Kid for the first time and the kind of awe it garnered from a whole generation of viewers. A lot of things in that movie was memorable, but the most thrilling part was the introduction of a certain concept: the Cobra Kai. As it turned out, Karate became

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karate kata
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Cara Koch

What Is Kata and Kumite in Karate?

Have you ever heard of the three Ks of Karate? They are Kihon, Kata, and Kumite. These three Ks are the three parts of Karate. Without them, Karate doesn’t exist.  Kihon, which means basics in Japanese, are the basic techniques. These are the punches, kicks, stances, and other techniques that all Karate students learn. However,

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karate grappling
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Cara Koch

Does Karate Have Grappling?

What do you do if you get knocked down during a fight?  The first thing is to get back up again and karateka learn explosive, quick ways of getting back on their feet.  However, that isn’t always possible, which means you’re in for some ground fighting. But, does Karate grappling exist? Will you learn what

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karate movie stars
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Benjamin Roussey

Top 5 Karate Movie Stars In The World

Karate movies have done more to promote and popularize karate than any other medium. I still fondly recall binging on karate movies all day and getting excited to see my favorite moves on screen. While the flavor of karate depicted in movies is not always that authentic and original, it is always exciting and exhilarating

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karate weapons
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Cara Koch

The Way of the Not-So-Empty Hand: A List of Karate Weapons

What!? Karate weapons? That doesn’t sound right! If you’ve read our recent post on what Karate means you know that the literal translation of Karate in Japanese is “empty hand.” The logical implication here is that there are no weapons used in Karate.  Strictly speaking, this is true. There are no real “Karate weapons”. However,

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Benjamin Roussey

Where to Buy Karate Uniform?

I still treasure my first karate uniform. It is a symbol of my karate journey and constantly reminds me of how far I have come. The uniform was one of the first things that drew me to karate. I remember walking by the local dojo on the way to school. Every time, the sight of

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karate games
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Benjamin Roussey

5 Best Karate Games You Need to Play

For those who love karate, karate games can be a great way to spend time. Karate games allow you to kick back, relax, and unwind. You can also have some fun using your real-life karate skills to defeat in-game opponents. Karate games and martial arts games, in general, are immensely popular all over the world.

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Span Chen

The History and Controversies of the World Boxing Association

If two individuals, one specializing in karate and another in boxing, were to fight, who would win?  The question of which martial art is better—karate or boxing—is a perennial one.  Many people who want to decide whether they should go into boxing or karate often do so from the perspective that you can either be

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best Karate style for self-defense
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Cara Koch

Best Karate Style for Self-Defense

Karate is Karate. What you learn at one school is the same as what you’ll learn at another. Any study of Karate will prepare you to defend yourself on the street, right? No, no, and nope. There are dozens of styles of Karate out there — some more showy and sporty than others. If you

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is karate good for kids
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Cara Koch

Is Karate Good for Kids?

What does Karate teach a child? Far more than you might expect if you’ve never delved into the martial arts world before.  Parents have various reasons for considering self-defense classes for kids. They can range from simply wanting them to be able to defend themselves to helping to manage behavioral issues or work through a

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What Does Karate Mean
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Cara Koch

What Does Karate Mean?

Karate. What does it mean? It’s an interesting word and has a nice ring to it. But for those of us who don’t speak Japanese, it doesn’t mean anything. We know that it is a martial art, of course, but the name has a deeper meaning in Japanese than the karate meaning in English. So,

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karate fighters
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Benjamin Roussey

7 Best Karate Fighters in The World

It is always inspiring to learn about path-breaking personalities who made a difference through their skills, dedication, and experience. The world of karate is no exception.  Over the years, many famous karate masters have worked tirelessly to keep the discipline active and evolving and left behind great deeds of heroism and exemplary lives that can

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Karate Movies (Bruce Lee)
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Benjamin Roussey

Karate Movies List (10 Best Karate Action Movies)

Movies can influence viewers, but good movies leave a lasting impact. It is rare to find a movie fan that does not like martial art movies. In this post, we list out the best karate movies that will remain memorable for ages to come. Of course, the cinematic universe is very diverse and while Hollywood

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