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Karate is one of the most widely practiced martial art forms in the world. Martial arts rely on acute physical coordination and mental focus. They were developed in Asia (primarily India, China and Japan) over the course of several thousands of years. In all this time, there have been countless martial arts variations, and there are hundreds of disciplines practiced today. 

­Modern karate developed out of martial arts forms practiced in Okinawa, an island that is now part of Japan. For hundreds of years, Okinawan martial arts experts honed a variety of combat styles, in part due to the political situation in the area. From time to time, the ruling authorities would ban peasants from possessing any weapons, leaving them with only their own bodies and household items to protect themselves. 


SKILL LEVELS

Karatekas wear a gi, an outfit consisting of white, loose-fitting pants and a jacket cinched closed with a belt. The color of the belt indicates the karateka's skill level, or kyu. The most advanced karatekas are ranked by their dan. Here is a typical ranking system, in ascending order:
  • 9th to 6th kyu (novice): white belt
  • 5th kyu: yellow belt
  • 4th kyu: orange belt
  • 3rd kyu: green belt
  • 2nd kyu: blue belt
  • 1st kyu: brown belt
  • 1st to 8th dan: black belt
  • 9th and 10th dan (rarely awarded): red belt