Karate: The History and Practice of the Art/Transformation from Self Defence to Sport

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Hoping to see Karate included in the physical education taught in our public schools, I revised the kata to make them as simple as possible. Times change, the world changes, and obviously the martial arts must change too. The Karate that high school students practice today is not the same Karate that was practiced even as recently as ten years ago, and it is a long way indeed from the Karate I learned when I was a child in Okinawa.
—Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan karate