The “Way” of karate (karate dō) is one of Japan’s most famous martial arts. It is an art of self-defence that, for the most part, uses no weapons, hence the meaning of karate, “empty hand”.
Karate dō places emphasis on courtesy and moral development, can reinforce these vital aspects in a child’s education through active physical participation. Rigorous training enables practitioners of karate dō to control their emotions and to empathise with the pain and anguish felt by other people.
Karateka are taught the importance of not hurting people, and to be respectful of opponents and training partners. This respect ideally extends beyond the confines of the dōjō or training area. Concern and appreciation for others, and a sence of responsibility to society are fundamental components to karate dō’s ultimate goal of self-perfection.
The role of the instructor is indispensable. Students are taught important values in life throught stringent training. The instructor, although firm, must also exhibit virtuous qualities and thoughtfulness to the needs of others, being a role-model worthy of emulation. This is the “Way” of karate.
Gichin Funakoshi Momument in Naha City - Okinawa
"Karate ni sente nashi" - There is no first strike in karate.