CHAPTER 3

Karate

The Controlling Fighting Style

The Making of Karate

In the mind of the general public, speaking about martial arts creates an image of ancient techniques secretively passed from generation to generation of masters, a relic of bygone eras that has miraculously survived until our modern age.

Although it is true that the common origins of most fighting systems can be traced eventually to previous, older forms of hand-to-hand combat systemization, that is the same case with any other type of human enterprise, from dancing to pottery. In reality, the majority of the styles of martial arts as we know them nowadays have been codified in their current format fairly recently. The foundational dates for the three most popular Japanese ...

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