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The martial art karate was developed in the Ryukyu Islands, now known as Okinawa, located in Japan. It was brought to the Japanese mainland in the early 20th century during a time of cultural fusion, and by 1924 Keio University founded the first Karate club in Japan. By 1932, all major Japanese Universities had Karate clubs.

Karate is the striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands and palm-heel strikes. A Karate practitioner is called a Karateka. For many Karatekas the roots of Karate stem from a philosophical nature, and combine ethical principles and spiritual significance to the practise of fighting. Karate training is all about "self-discipline, hard training and one's own creative efforts."

In Karate there are a number of different practises:

  • Kihon -  A performance in unison of a technique or a combination of techniques by a group of karateka.
  • Kata - Kata is a formalized sequence of movements which represent various offensive and defensive postures. These postures are based on idealized combat applications. To attain a formal rank (for example black belt), the karateka must demonstrate a performance of the required kata for that level.
  • Kumite (Sparring) - Kumite is practiced both as a sport and as self-defence training.
  • Conditioning - supplementary exercises designed to increase strength, stamina, speed, and muscle coordination - for example, aerobic exercise. Exercises vary depending upon the teacher or karate school.


Our karate equipment ranges from groin guards to Karate suits for adults and children, from some of the leading brands like Blitz Sports. Beginners will find everything they need in order to get started on their way to becoming a real Karateka, and we also have Karate gear for advanced students and Karate instructors.

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