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Philosophy of Karate

T
he Philosophy behind karate is vast and complex.  It stems from thousands of years of armed and unarmed combat.  Techniques that were perfected hundreds of years ago, are still being perfected over and over again by each new generation.  Buddhism, Taoism and the "Code of Bushido" have all played a part in the development of the martial arts philosophy.

The minds of martial artists are filled with various techniques they have learned; jabbing, blocking, punching, kicking, sweeping, throwing, deflecting, locking as well as hiding, escaping and running away.  These skills were only used as a last resort and only in self defense.  But, once the moment to fight came, the martial artist would use every technique, every ounce of energy and determination to overcome his opponent quickly and effectively.  The body was finely tuned by thousands of punches, blocks and kicks during extreme heat and freezing cold temperatures.  A martial  artist's body became accustomed to exhaustion, sweating, strains and bruises, all in an attempt to achieve self perfection.  To be able to defend themselves in any situation or to be able to perfect a kata and execute it exactly every time, this is the martial artist's ultimate goal.

"Kime", sometimes referred to as "Ki" or "Chi", and "Zanchin" are important philosophical terms and play an important part in the martial arts.  "Kime" or spirit is the backbone of most martial arts systems.  It is what martial artists use for inspiration, ideas, courage, and focus.  "Zanchin" is also used in conjunction with "Kime.  "Zanchin" or state of total awareness is also used when training and in combat.  Zanchin allows the martial artist to be aware of what's around him, to have a sort of sixth sense, brought about by experience and instinct.  The samurai used his zanchin during battle, in order to properly prepare his mind for victory or death.

Another important concept is "Do", translated as "The Way".  This is a path, or way of life, by which martial artists follow.  Many martial art systems have incorporated this philosophy, such as; Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Kendo and Karate Do.  Even though most karate names don't incorporate the "Do" into the name itself, it still is there in spirit
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