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This photograph is taken from the national karate championship held in Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Karate is the martial art and the sport combative which are characterized by the blow work by clench one's fist which originated in Okinawa of its Ryukyu Kingdom days. According to a report, it is thought that it has developed while peculiar Okinawa martial art is seasoned with the China martial art and also it is subject also to the influence of a Japanese martial art. It was told to other prefectures from Okinawa Prefecture at Taisho Era, and also after the Second World War spread in many counries of the world. Now, as for tradition karate group, its rule is in use to guess to such an extent that it stops or a damage is not given just before, without hitting directly. However, there are also a school which takes the direct blow system style of full contact karate, and a school which sticks a protector. So, karate has diversified much. Moreover, karate has two basic composition, a model(Kata) and sparring(Kumite), and it has been to foundations from ancient times to practice these two. This photograph is taken from the sparring game held by mainly facing by two persons from the passage of the second floor. Generally, although it is said that karate is suitable for moral practice or self-defense training, I do not understand well a true situation.

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