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INTRODUCTION TO KARATE BY T. OKAZAKI, 4TH DAN
Introduction by Peter Yates, HOPC Editor-in-Chief
What most of the general populace may not know is that Karate is not a martial art native to Japan. Karate was developed on Okinawa, part of the Ryukyu Islands extending from South of Japan to Taiwan. Modern Karate was a blend of indigenous fighting arts and those that had found there way from China, a country to which Okinawa had for many centuries strong ties both politically and through trade. While many Okinawans lived, worked and studied in China for extended periods, Chinese merchants traveled frequently to Okinawa and some married local women and set up businesses. In this manner much of Chinese culture found its way to the Island including martial arts...con'td
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