-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

Martial Arts :: Karate

Jackie Chan and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles know karate so why shouldn't you? Kidzworld takes a look at karate.

History

Karate comes from the Japanese words "kara" and "te" meaning "open hand." It is a form of martial arts that uses punches, kicks and deflection techniques. The origins of karate can be traced back thousands of years ago to the island of Okinawa in Japan. Because weapons were banned in Okinawa for many years, Okinawans developed strong hand-fighting techniques as a way to defend themselves without using traditional weapons. Karate was further developed by the influence of other forms of martial arts, which were brought to Okinawa by nobles and traders from other parts of Asia.

Levels and Gear

Karetkas (people who practice karate) wear an outfit called a "gi" - a white pair of loose-fitting pants and a jacket cinched close with a belt. The color of a kareteka's belt indicates their skill level, or kyu. A white belt is for those karetkas who are just starting out, a black belt is for those with very high karate skills. Colors vary depending on where you take your karate classes but at most schools, a red belt is awarded to karetekas of the highest "dan". Although, it is very rare for someone to be awarded a red belt.

Getting Started

Karate is about more than just breaking boards or being able to defend yourself. It's a martial art that can help you strenghten yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. It's also a great way to reduce stress and build self confidence. If you'd like to get started in karate, most areas of the US have private karate schools and you can also look into karate programs at your local community center.

Fun Facts

  • As recently as a hundred years ago, it was common practice for karatekas to intentionally break one or both of their middle fingers early on in their karate training. This increased the size of the middle knuckle, making it a more effective punching weapon. Ouch!
Related Stories:

 

30 Comments

Related Stories

Micro jaden smith micro
Jaden Smith was born in the spotlight, and it's safe to say there's no shortage of talent in the ...
Micro top10summermovies micro
Summer is all about enjoying the sun, but if that summer heat has you beat it might be time to se...
Micro karatekidmoviereview micro
When Dre Parker and his mom move to China, Dre gets targeted by a tough gang of kung-fu kids. Fin...
Tae Kwon Do is a sport that combines kicking, punching and blocking. Check out one of the world's...
Karpoll

Best Reason To Learn Karate?

  • So I can smash boards with my fist.
  • Self-defence.
  • Physical fitness.
  • Mental concentration.

Sports In The Forums

xxZashaxx
xxZashaxx posted in Dance:
I do hip hop dancing and I'm also good at robot dancing. I'm not sure what it's called when people dance like when they move their bones in a way that makes it hit every beat in any electronic beat. But go on my profile and look at the video on there I posted and that's the type of dance I do along with hip hop.
reply about 12 hours
LittleTesla
Who's better? I vote FC Barcelona because Messi, Neymar and Suares are SUPER POWER (but not in Italy).
reply 22 days
RawrImacat
Figure skating!
reply 26 days
RawrImacat
Where I live, NASCAR is considered a sport. I hate it. It's SO boring.
reply 26 days
-IsHeReal-
bofl they suck
reply 27 days