"THE WARRIOR WAY"
THE MEANING OF
The word Karate is derived from the words:
Kara meaning "Empty", and Te meaning "Hand".
Kara also means "Chinese", and the original meaning of the word
"Chinese Hand" because of its origins in Chinese kempo. However,
Funakoshi, the Okinawan master who brought karate to Japan and
Shotokan karate believed that "empty" better described the meaning
The Kara that means "empty" is definitely the more appropriate. For
thing, it symbolizes the obvious fact that this art of self-defence
use of no weapons, only bare feet and empty hands. Further, students
karate-do aim not only toward perfecting their chosen art but also
emptying heart and mind of all earthly desire and vanity. Reading
scriptures we come across such statements as "Shiki soku ze ku" and
zeshiki," which literally mean "Matter is void" and "All is vanity."
character Ku, which appears in both admonitions and may be
is in itself truth.
The word Budo is derived from the words:
Bu meaning "Martial" or "Combat", and Do meaning "Way" or "Path".
Budo, the Martial Way, is a Japanese term for arts that use peaceful
as a means of perfecting the self. The word Do comes from the
Tao and the philosophy of Taoism. Do does not mean the "way" or
learning something, such as the learning the techniques of karate,
rather it is the path of life whereby what is learned is transcended
wisdom. Do and Zen are complimentary. Zen seeks self-perfection
passive means, such as meditation. Do seeks self-perfection through
means, such as the training itself. In fact, the practice of kata is
sometimes referred to as Dozen, or "Moving Meditation". That which
through Budo is much more than just the techniques and applications
martial arts, and it transforms all aspects of life.
Karate and Budo are sometimes combined as Karatedo, or the "Empty
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