Karate is not only a physical system of self-defense, but it can also be a philosophical system of mental and spiritual discipline. Karate is different for each person, each different perspective on the regimen. Despite originating as a way to harm others before they hurt you, in the later centuries, Karate has evolved into a variety of regimens. Karate’s application as a way of life, not just merely self-defense is a newer interpretation, only emerging in the last two hundred years.
- Karate can be a physical, mental, or spiritual discipline, depending on the interpretation of the practitioner.
- In a purely physical sense, Karate is an art of self-defense, protecting oneself and avoiding harm.
- Karate can also be a mental regimen, a social discipline with philosophical tenets and practices.
“For every karate-ka in the martial arts communities there are as many different definitions and philosophies as to what the way of karate means.”