literally means "empty hand" and is
a martial art of Ryukyuan origin. Karate has a rich and diverse history
of development, incorporating countless influences from other martial
arts and cultures. Today, karate is known primarily as a hard style striking
art, featuring linear punches, blocks, kicks, knee/elbow strikes and
open handed techniques. However, soft style punches and blocks, grappling,
joint manipulations, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point striking
are often an inherent part of many karate styles.