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Karate or Karate-Do is a budo art, a Japanese martial art introduced to the Japanese main islands from Okinawa in 1922.
Karate emphasises striking techniques (i.e. punching and kicking) over grappling. Karate training can be divided into three major parts, kihon, kumite and kata.
Kihon is the study of basic moves.
Kumite means 'sparring' and develops from well defined forms to the free form named randori.
Kata means 'forms' and is a fight against imaginary enemies, expressed as a fixed sequence of moves.

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