History of Karate

   Karate originated in Japan on the tiny island of Okinawa, at a time when Warlords and Samurai ruled Japan. At this time it was forbidden for ordinary people to carry weapons, so the people learnt to use any tools or implements they had as weapons to protect themselves from bandits. Prime examples being the (Nunchucks), which were rice flails, used to remove the outer husk from the freshly picked rice, and the (Tonfa), which is a side handled baton  used by the British and American police forces, which was used to grind wheat or rice to make flour once the husk had been removed.
Slowly over time a form of unarmed combat developed called To-te, sometimes called Okinawan te. It was probably influenced by the Chinese fighting systems such as Kung Fu or Chinese Boxing which were being brought out of China at this time by Monks.
Wado-Ryu (which translates roughly as way of peace and harmony) Karate was founded by Sensei Hironori Ohtsuka (1892-1982). It has become one of the most popular Karate styles in the world today. Wado-Ryu Karate is a compound of Jujutsu and Shurite style Karate. Unlike many styles, Wado-Ryu is firmly Japanese based. Ohtsuka was Gichin Funakoshi's senior student and a noted Japanese martial artist in his own right. He then incorporated his own elements of martial arts knowledge, to his knowledge of karate to produce a graceful fast style. The style avoids direct force against force confrontation, and the techniques are performed with a snapping action. Wado-Ryu students are often very successful in open competitions.