Karatedo - Karatejutsu - Kempo


The term "karatedo" is written as 空手道. Here are the meanings of each character:

· 空手 (karate): translates to "empty hand," referring to the martial art practiced without the use of weapons.
· 道 (do): means "the way" or "the path."

Therefore, "karatedo" translates to "the way of the empty hand," emphasizing not only the physical practice of the martial art but also the personal, moral, and spiritual development that accompanies the practice of karate.

Historical Overview

Karate, a martial art deeply rooted in Okinawa, Japan, has evolved into a globally practiced discipline with a rich history and cultural significance. The term "Karate" itself reflects its essence—combining kara (empty), te (hand), and do (way or path)—symbolizing a holistic journey of self-development through mental clarity and disciplined living.

The history of Karate dates back to the 19th century on the island of Okinawa, where it emerged from the synthesis of local martial arts (known as Te) and influences from Chinese martial arts. The cultural exchange between Okinawa and China played a crucial role in shaping the early development of Karate.

During the 17th century, a prohibition on weapons and martial arts practice was imposed by the Japanese government in Okinawa. This led to a refined focus on unarmed combat techniques, marking a shift towards methods of self-defense without the use of weapons.

In the early 20th century, Karate made its way to Japan, undergoing changes and adaptations. Various schools and styles were established, and it gained recognition in the sports arena, ultimately becoming popular worldwide.

Post-World War II, Karate experienced international expansion through dedicated teachers and practitioners. Today, it is practiced in numerous countries, evolving into diverse styles, each with unique techniques and approaches.

Karate, beyond its physical techniques, encompasses three key aspects: Kihon (basic training), Kata (forms), and Kumite (sparring). Kihon focuses on fundamental techniques, Kata deepens understanding through choreographed sequences, and Kumite allows dynamic application.

Karate is not merely an effective martial art; it is a journey of self-discovery and discipline. It cultivates not only physical strength but also mental fortitude, instilling values of respect, humility, and perseverance. As a global martial art, Karate stands as a testament to its historical roots and the profound significance it holds for practitioners worldwide.

Seibukan Departament of Nihon Karatedo / Karatejutsu / Kempo 

Seibukan Budo [SBIF] recognizes various schools of Nihon Karatedo (Shotokan, Wadoryu, Gojuryu, Shorinryu, Uechiryu, etc.) and the diverse teaching styles of the instructors within its framework. The diversity reflected in the different recognized schools and styles within the SBIF allows practitioners to find the one that aligns with their preferences, while instructors can work independently within an international organization to achieve their professional goals.