The term karate is from Okinawa and means “empty hand”. That’s what it’s all about: self-defence without the use of weapons. Many variants of this Japanese martial art are practised worldwide. These encompass a wide range from the classic martial arts such as Shotokan, Wado-ryu, Shito-ryu, Goju-ryu and Kyokushinkai, to modern sports-Karate, which will be an Olympic sport at the 2020 Tokyo games.
Karate has many rituals in addition to the actual practice of self defence. Great emphasis is placed on politeness, respect and humility in addition to the physical aspect that trains strength, speed and agility, balance and concentration. Karate is incorporated under the Norwegian Martial Arts Federation and is suitable for all ages from 6 years to 60, and everyone benefits from exercise and training!