Most research conducted on women''s self-protection strategies has focused on modern self-defense training, as opposed to traditional martial arts instruction. Further, traditional martial arts training has been characterized by many as less useful for women than modern self-defense instruction.
Concerning flexibility, which is important for the execution of high kicks and adequate range of action at high speeds, it has been demonstrated that karate athletes' ranges of bilateral hip and knee flexion are greater compared with non-karate athletes.
It has been established that karate's top-level performers require a high fitness level. Top-level male karate athletes are typified by low body fat and mesomorphicectomorphic somatotype characteristics. Studies dealing with body composition and somatotype of females are scarce. Aerobic capacity prevents fatigue during training and ensures the recovery processes during rest periods between two subsequent bouts of fighting activity.
Karate has never been on the Olympic Program, but the World Karate Federation (WKF) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Founded in 1992, the WKF had 180 affiliated member nations as of 2010.
[Ed] Parker received Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame awards in 1976, 1979, and 1990. These were just a small portion of the certificates, plaques, trophies, and honorary diplomas he received during his career. He was featured on the cover of almost every martial art magazine at some time.
During the early 1960s, [Ed] Parker held some of the largest karate tournaments in the United States, starting in 1964 with his International Karate Championship (IKC). Parker filmed Bruce Lee doing a demonstration and later showed the film to television producer William Dozier...and cast [Bruce Lee], which was the launching pad to the stardom for Lee.
Participation in karate training will also assist the karate-ka (in other words, you) to relieve daily stresses of life:
Self-control, determination, discipline, perseverance
The man the Okinawan martial artists chose as Gichin Funakoshi, later known as "The Father of Modern Karate-Do," who was born in 1869 in Shuri, Okinawa.
Gradually, karate was divided into two main groups: Shorin-ryu which developed around Shuri and Tomari and Shorei-ryu which came from the Naha area. "It is important to note, however, that the towns of Shuri, Tomari, Naha are only a few miles apart, and that the differences between their arts were essentially ones of emphasis, not of kind.
In its earliest stages, the martial art known as "karate" was an indigenous form of closed fist fighting which was developed in Okinawa and called Te, or 'hand'. Weapons bans, imposed on the Okinawans at various points in their history, encouraged the refinement of empty-hand techniques and, for this reason, was trained in secret until modern times.