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Shokotan Karate

Long ago, in 520 AD.

A famous Indian Buddhist by the name of Bodhidharma traveled to China, sat in meditation facing a temple wall for nine straight years, and finally attained spiritual enlightenment.

He then created Zen Buddhism in China. And to strenghen his disciples and monks he taught them a primitive, prototycal form of a bare-handed, bare-footed martial art which he had brought with him from India.

For a thousand years that martial art developped and flourished in China. And then in the middle ages it was brought to Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands just east across the China Sea. There it merged with the indigenous bare-handed fighting style known as Te (Hand), to eventually become Kara-Te (China-Hand)

Many masters of Kara-Te (karate) appeared in the Ryukyu Islands in the next few hunderd years. And finally, early in the 20th century, one of them, Grand Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), brought what he thought was the most perfect form of the art north to central Japan.

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