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After long battle, karate gets long-awaited chance on Olympic stage

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Given that supporters, assuming there are any, will not be allowed to cheer or shout loudly, does that mean that karate competitors (especially in the sparring category) will not be allowed to use kiai (the shout used to focus power)? Or will they fight masked? After the debacle with the Ugandan team, I imagine there won’t be a great deal of trust as to who is and is not positive, no matter how often they are tested.

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WHO CARES? There are bigger issues to deal with which can put our lives at risk if left unchecked.

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About time. Too late for Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi though.....

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Isn't Karate from China?

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Thomas GoodtimeToday  01:23 pm JST

Isn't Karate from China?

The roots of it are from Okinawa, which is more or less halfway between China and Japan. Martial arts historians have written a lot on the connection and influences. Course, Japan would rather not have to credit China for anything, so it’s made out to be a purely Japanese style for purposes of PR.

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Karate for defense only.

But if done right, no can defense!

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Isn't Karate from China?

No it's from Okinawa.

which is more or less halfway between China and Japan.

Huh? What world map are you looking at?

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Any mention of China sure does rile the masses.

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Gichin Funakoshi will turn in his grave if he hears that!

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Isn't Karate from China?

Neither China nor Japan but Okinawa, the home of many martial arts thoughout the region

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Course, Japan would rather not have to credit China for anything, so it’s made out to be a purely Japanese style for purposes of PR.

This really isn’t true. The original kanji used for karate actually translate as “Chinese hand” and were later changed to those meaning “empty hand”. The original kanji are explained ad nauseam in most texts. Several Kata names are also Chinese.

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Too many styles of karate , each with its own philosophy. I studied wado Ryu for years...and when I did have a fight, unfortunately, it was absolutely useless. Switched to boxing....much more effective. Kata is no more a sport than synchronized swimming. Not going to be in the next Olympics, thank God. Mma is a thousand times more deserving an Olympic spot.

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Karate for defense only. 

But if done right, no can defense!

Really? Any sniper can take out a Karateka, long before he even has fastened the belt, without even knowing or seeing his opponent, 2 kilometers distanced. lol

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Combination of Boxing and Judo suits me. Karate I don't know well, is it useful on the streets?

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Karate is descended from Chinese martial arts and was also referred to 唐手 which is as you'll notice is a homophone for 空手. Okinawa was a Chinese tributary kingdom so the Chinese emperor got the Okinawan king's guards trained up in it apparently

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I can't wait to watch it, more exciting than the judo

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Neither China nor Japan but Okinawa, the home of many martial arts thoughout the region

Nothing personal, since folks are getting specific, it isnt from "Okinawa" really. It's from the Ryukyu's! lol!

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The scandal isn't behind it, it's behind the scandal - though the same is universally true in Japanese sports, even imported western sports that fall victim to the idea that there is only one true kata. People here don't enjoy sports for their own sake, they enjoy them because they're a vehicle for socially sanctioned sado-masochism.

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With just four months to go until karate's debut at the Games, Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) technical director Masao Kagawa was forced to resign when karateka Ayumi Uekusa blew the whistle - through the Olympics hot-line - on his abuses and unsanctioned use of a bamboo stick during training that caused her a serious eye injury.

A come back after such a scandal, and in games so unpopular and troubled? the sport really deserves better.

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