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Karate
is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed partially from indigenous fighting methods called te (手, literally "hand"; Tii in Okinawan) and from Chinese kenpō. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles. A karate practitioner is called a karateka .
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List of K-1 events
This is a list of events held and scheduled by the K-1, a kickboxing and mixed martial arts organization based in Japan. The list consists of all the official K-1 World Grand Prix events, regional preliminaries as well as other kickboxing events fought under the K-1 Rules 8 man tournament format. The first event, K-1 Sanctuary I, took place on March 30, 1993 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
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Shotokan
is a style of karate, developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945). Gichin was born in Okinawa and is widely credited with popularizing karate through a series of public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs, including those at Keio, Waseda, Hitotsubashi (Shodai), Takushoku, Chuo, Gakushuin, and Hosei.
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Badge
A badge is a device or fashion accessory, often containing the insignia of an organization, which is presented or displayed to indicate some feat of service, a special accomplishment, a symbol of authority granted by taking an oath (e.g. , police and fire), a sign of legitimate employment or student status, or as a simple means of identification. They are also used in advertising, publicity, and for branding purposes. Badges can be made from metal, plastic, leather, textile, rubber, etc.
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Nunchaku
For other meanings of this and similar words, see Nunchaku (disambiguation). Nunchaku is a traditional Okinawan weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end with a short chain or rope. In modern times the nunchaku were popularized by Bruce Lee in his movies.
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Gōjū-ryū

Gōjū-ryū

Koryū

Koryū

Kenpō

Kenpō

Mas Oyama
, more commonly known as Mas Oyama, was a karate master who founded Kyokushinkai Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate. He was born Choi Yeong-eui. A Zainichi Korean, he spent most of his life living in Japan and acquired Japanese citizenship in 1964. He is an alumnus of Waseda University in Japan.
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International Sport Karate Association
The International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) is one of the major international bodies regulating karate and kickboxing matches, and is based in the United States. It was established in 1985 as a response to legal and revenue issues that sent the Professional Karate Association (PKA) into decline. From 1974 until 1985, the PKA had been the most recognised worldwide kickboxing sanctioning group.
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Art of Fighting
is a trilogy of competitive fighting game titles that were released for the Neo Geo platform in the early 1990s. It was the second fighting game franchise created by SNK, following the Fatal Fury series and is set in the same fictional universe. The original Art of Fighting was released in 1992, followed by two sequels: Art of Fighting 2 in 1994 and Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior in 1996.
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Kyokushin

Kyokushin

World Kickboxing Association
The World Kickboxing Association (WKA) is one of the oldest and the largest amateur and professional sanctioning organizations of kickboxing in the world for the sport. Its official name is "World Kickboxing and Karate Association". WKA was created in the United States as the World Karate Association in 1976 by Howard Hanson, a Shorin-Ryu Karate black belt, and Arnold Urquidez.
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Japan Karate Association
Japan Karate Association (日本 空手 協会; Nihon Karate Kyokai; JKA; sometimes referred to simply as Kyokai 協会 in Japan) is one of the most influential Shotokan karate organizations in the world. It is also one of the oldest karate organizations continuously in operation until the present.
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Karate Kid (comics)
Karate Kid (Val Armorr) is a fictional character, a superhero in the future of the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. He is a master of every form of martial arts to have been developed by the 31st century. The extent of his skill is so great that he can severely damage various types of hard material with a single blow and was briefly able to hold his own against Superboy through use of what he called "Super Karate".
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The Karate Kid (2010 film)
The Karate Kid (known as The Kung Fu Dream in China and sometimes Karate Kid 5 and Best Kid in Japan and South Korea) is a 2010 American martial arts film and remake of the 1984 film of the same name. Directed by Harald Zwart, produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the film stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Principal photography for the film took place in Beijing, China; filming began around July 2009 and ended on October 16, 2009.
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Shōrin-ryū

Shōrin-ryū

Kyokushin kaikan
Kyokushin kaikan is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese karate master, Masutatsu Oyama who was born under the name Choi Young-Eui (최영의). Kyokushinkai is Japanese for "the society of the ultimate truth". Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style has had international appeal (practitioners have over the last 40+ years numbered more than 12 million).
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Okinawan martial arts
Okinawan martial arts refers to the martial arts which originated among the indigenous people of Okinawa Island in Japan, most notably karate, tegumi, and Okinawan kobudō. Due to its central location, Okinawa was influenced by various cultures such as Japan and China, with a long history of trade and cultural exchange with China that greatly influenced the development of martial arts on Okinawa.
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American Kenpo
American Kenpo or Kenpo Karate is a system of martial arts created by Ed Parker, characterized by the use of quick moves in rapid-fire succession. The multitude of fast strikes, sometimes criticized by other arts, has a dual purpose. The strikes may overwhelm an opponent but more importantly, the various strikes demonstrate to the practitioner that there are many options should the technique not work as planned.
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Fight Like Apes
Fight Like Apes (also referred to as FLApes or FLA) are an Irish alternative rock band formed in Dublin in 2006. Their current members are Mary-Kate "MayKay" Geraghty (vocals and synth), Jamie "Pockets" Fox (keyboard and vocals), Conor Garry (bass) and Lee Boylan (drums), while original members Adrian Mullan (drums) and Tom Ryan (bass) left the band in 2010. They are known for their elongated record titles, usually inspired by B movies.
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Full contact karate
Full contact karate is a broad term used to differentiate competition formats of karate where competitors spar full-contact and allow a knockout as winning criterion, and those competitions which use light contact/semi contact point sparring where a knockout is regarded as a foul. The term is also used by extension to differentiate between schools/styles of karate dedicated to such full contact competitions, and schools/styles that are not.
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Isshin-ryū

Isshin-ryū

Shitō-ryū

Shitō-ryū

The Karate Kid, Part III
The Karate Kid, Part III is a 1989 martial arts film, and the second sequel to the hit motion picture The Karate Kid (1984). The film stars Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita and Robyn Lively. Like the first two films, it was directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen. Also like the first two films, its stunts were choreographed by Pat E. Johnson, and its music was composed by Bill Conti.
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Wadō-ryū

Wadō-ryū

World Karate Federation
The World Karate Federation, or WKF, was formed in 1990 from former WUKO members and is the largest international governing body of sport karate with over 130 member countries. It is the only karate organization recognised by the International Olympic Committee and has more than ten million members. The WKF organizes the Junior and Senior Karate World Championships, which are each held every other year.
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Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
is a Nintendo GameCube video game featuring the ape Donkey Kong and played with the DK Bongos. It was released in Japan on December 16, 2004, in Europe on February 4, 2005, in North America on March 14, 2005, and in Australia on March 17, 2005. In 2008 and 2009, the game was re-released in the New Play Control! series of revamped Nintendo GameCube titles.
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Professional Karate Association
The Professional Karate Association (PKA) was originally a martial arts sanctioning organization, now transformed into a martial arts promotion company.
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Karate Kid

Karate Kid

Karate (band)
Karate was an American band, formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1993 by Geoff Farina, Eamonn Vitt and Gavin McCarthy. In 1995, Jeff Goddard joined the band as bass player, and Vitt moved to second guitar. Vitt departed Karate to pursue a medical career in 1997.
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Knifehand strike
A knifehand strike is a strike using the part of the hand opposite the thumb (from the little finger to the wrist), familiar to many people as a karate chop (in Japanese, shutō-uchi). This refers to strikes performed with the side of the knuckle of the small finger.
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Syuri
is a Japanese professional wrestler, shoot boxer and kickboxer, better known simply as Syuri (sometimes transliterated as Shuri). She is currently working for the Wrestling New Classic (WNC) promotion and is also known for her work in its two predecessors, Smash, where she was the final Smash Diva Champion, and Hustle, where she started her career as KG (Karate Girl).
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No Retreat, No Surrender
No Retreat, No Surrender is a 1986 American martial arts sports film written and directed by Corey Yuen his American directorial debut, and starring Kurt McKinney, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Tai Chung Kim.
No Retreat, No SurrenderMartial arts filmsAmerican films1980s action filmsKarate filmsNew World Pictures films1986 filmsKickboxing films

Karate Champ
Karate Champ, known in Japan as Karate Dō (空手道, "The Way of the Empty Hand") is a 1984 arcade game developed by Technos Japan Corporation for Data East.
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Karate World Championships
The WKF Karate World Championships also known as the World Karate Championships; are the highest level of competition for Karate. The competition is held in a different Country every two years. The most recent events include Madrid in 2002; Monterrey in 2004; Tampere in 2006; Tokyo in 2008, and Belgrade in 2010.
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Karate International Council of Kickboxing
The Karate International Council of Kickboxing (KICK) is a sanctioning body that regulates kickboxing matches. It is considered among the more prestigious organizations that sanction professional kickboxing.
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Karate kata
Kata is a Japanese word describing detailed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs. Karate Kata are executed as a specified series of a variety of moves, with stepping and turning, while attempting to maintain perfect form. The practitioner is counseled to visualize the enemy attacks and their responses. Karateka "read" a kata in order to explain the imagined events. There are perhaps 100 kata across the various forms of karate, each with many minor variations.
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Karate gi
Karategi (空手着 or 空手衣) is the Japanese name for the karate training uniform. A karategi is somewhat similar to a judogi (柔道着 or 柔道衣, Judo uniform) as it shares a common origin, however the material and cut of the uniform is generally much lighter and looser fitting. The heaviest of Karategi are only 0.45 kg (16 oz) compared to some judogi at 0.99 kg (35 oz).
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Shūkōkai

Shūkōkai

International Karate
International Karate is a karate fighting game created and published by System 3 for various home computers. Of these versions the 1986 releases for Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit computers, created by Archer MacLean with music by Rob Hubbard, stand out for their good playability and overall high production values. Although conceptually identical, the ZX Spectrum version, created by a different team and released some months earlier in November 1985, is inferior.
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International Karate Organization
The International Karate Organization (IKO) was founded by Mas Oyama in Japan. Its purpose is to promote and teach the Kyokushin Way (Ultimate Truth) around the globe. The IKO has over 12 million members in 125 countries. After the death of the founder in 1994, The IKO organization fractured into several factions -many of which conflictingly claim (in several ongoing legal copyright cases) to be the original IKO organization.
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Shōtōkai

Shōtōkai

Karate at the 2011 Pan American Games
The Karate competition of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico will be held at the San Rafael Gymnasium between October 27 and October 29. All the competitions will be held in the kumite discipline.
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Japan Karate Federation
The Japan Karate Federation (JKF) is the national body for Karate in Japan. It was originally called the Federation of All Japan Karatedo Organizations (FAJKO) and is affiliated with the World Karate Federation (WKF).
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The Little Dragons
The Little Dragons (also known as Karate Kids U.S.A. or simply Karate Kids) is a 1980 American film about two young brothers who use their karate skills to rescue a friend after she is held captive for ransom. Produced and directed by Curtis Hanson. Starring Charles Lane, Ann Sothern, Chris Petersen and Pat Petersen
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Long Beach International Karate Championships
The Long Beach International Karate Championships — is an International Karate and martial arts tournament in Long Beach, California. It is well-known due to several appearances of the famous martial artist legend Bruce Lee, and his use of the one inch punch. At the invitation of Ed Parker, Lee appeared in the 1964 and performed repetitions of two-finger pushups with feet at approximately a shoulder-width apart.
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Hideyuki Ashihara
Hideyuki Ashihara was a Japanese master of karate who founded the Ashihara karate system in 1980. This karate style is based on Kyokushin karate. Ashihara, often attributed as one of the originators of the tai sabaki (whole body movement) method, held the rank of 10th dan in karate and wrote three books on his martial art.
Hideyuki Ashihara1944 birthsJapanese karatekaKyokushin kaikan practitioners1995 deathsPeople from Hiroshima PrefectureKarate coachesMartial arts school founders

Yoshukai Karate
Yoshukai karate is a branch discipline of the Japanese/Okinawan martial art, Karate-dō, or "Way of the Empty Hand. " The three kanji (Japanese symbols) that make up the word Yoshukai literally translated mean “Training Hall of Continued Improvement. ” However, the standardized English translation is "Striving for Excellence. " Yoshukai Karate has been featured in Black Belt Magazine.
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Shuri-ryū

Shuri-ryū