Karate is from two Japanese words, ‘Kara’ meaning empty and the word ‘Te’ meaning hand – combined to ‘Karate’, meaning ‘Empty Hand’. This is the basis for Karate, as the style does not use weapons other than the parts of the body.
Karate can also be described as a martial art, or fighting method, involving a variety of techniques, including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations.
Originally, Karate which was originally known as kempo meaning first law was a method of unarmed self-defence developed in the Okinawan Islands from various techniques introduced from mainland China, as well as local innovations up until the late 19th century, the various karate techniques were practiced and taught within relatively small regions;
Present day Karate is categorized into four parts -- physical conditioning, self defence, mental conditioning, and a sport.