Karate is a martial art that originated from the Ryukyu archipelagoes, a group of island in the South of Japan, and initially it was a system of using unarmed and armed techniques and tactics to defend the property of those living in the islands.

Later on the art was divided to that of unarmed, called the "chinese hand" and later the "empty hand", and to the armed art called Ryukyu kobujutsu.

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