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When did karate first start?

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Japanese karate as it is known today originated on Okinawa. Gichin Funakoshi arrived in Japan to do demonstrations in 1915, though there are earlier arrivals. This developed into Shotokan Karate which spread throughout the world.

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Karate can be traced back to an Indian Buddhist Monk in 520 AD named Durahmah who invented a training system in China to improve their physical conditioning and mental stamina. He began teaching in 525AD in china. It is said that he traveled by foot over the Himalayan Mountain Range to China and on the way studied the animals that he came across (i.e. panda, Mantis, crane, tiger, monkey... ect.)

From China Kung Fu spread to Okinawa, where the White Crane style was merged with the Okinawa Wrestling called Te. It became Karate, meaning China Hand. They changed the name to mean Empty Hand early in the 20th century. From Okinawa the art spread to Japan, then to Korea, and finally to the rest of the world.

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Kara-Te does not have a founding date; it originated in ancient times.

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it started by farmers using whatever they had to protect themselves and their animals.

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Karate-do originated in okinawa but its roots are from china.

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Putting a year on the origins is impossible. Portions of the martial art can be traced back thousands of years. Other techniques are relatively new and evolve over time.

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it started in the 17th century

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