|Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa , Japan . It was developed from indigenous fighting methods called te and Chinese kenpo. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open handed techniques such as knife hands (karate chop). Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles.|
|Famous practitioners of Karate: Aaron Banks, Adrian Paul, Angi Uezu, Arcenio Advincula, Benny Urquidez, Bill Wallace, Billy Blanks, Bobby Lowe, C. S. Kim, Choi Hong Hi, Chuck Liddell, Dan Ivan, Daniel Lee, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Bootle, Don Bohan, Don Nagle, Ed Parker, Elvis Presley, Emil Farkas, Frank Mir, Fred Wren, Fumio Demura, Gary Alexander, Gary Wasniewski, Geoff Thompson, George Chung, George Dillman, Gichin Funakoshi, Glenn Keeney, Gogen Yamaguchi, Graciela Casillas, Harold Long, Harold Mitchum, Hidetaka Nishiyama, Hidy Ochiai, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Howard Jackson, Jay Will, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jean Frenette, Jeff Speakman, Jim Harrison, Jim Kelly, Jimmie Jones, Jimmy Jones, Joe Corley, Joe Lewis, John Keehan, John Kuhl, June Castro, Karen Sheperd, Keinosuke Enoeda, Keith Hirabayashi, Keith Vitali, Kenneth Funakoshi, Kim Ki Whang, Kiyoshi Yamazaki, Larry Lam, Larry Tatum, Louis Delgado, Lyoto Machida, Mariusz Pudzianowski, Mark Dacascos, Mas Oyama, Masatoshi Nakayama, Mike Stone, Mitchell Bobrow, Morio Higaonna, Pat Burleson, Peter Urban, Ralph Castro, Ray Martin, Richard Kim, Richard Norton, Robert Trias, Ron Duncan, Ron Marchini, Ron van Clief, Sam Kuoha, Sammo Hung, Sem Schilt, Sho Kosugi, Shokei Matsui, Steve Anderson, Steve Armstrong, Tadashi Yamashita, Taimak, Tatsuo Shimabuku, Tatsuo Suzuki, Terry O'Neill, Terutomo Yamazaki, Ticky Donovan, Tokey Hill, Tsutomu Ohshima, Vic Charles, Vitor Belfort, W. Hock Hochheim, Wally Slocki, William Chow|
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