What are the different forms of the Karate?

What are the different forms of the Karate?

Gaurav Gupta asked March 10, 2016

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Nikita Rawat March 10, 2016

Karate is an Asian martial art originated from Okinawa in early 20th century. However, its popularity widened across the world. Earliest karate styles were developed in Japan, namely, Wado-ryu, Shorin-ryu, Goju-ryu and Shito-ryo. Here, the term ,’Ryu’ is a Japanese word that means school. Each ryu has its own style for fighting. In addition to above mentioned four types, more forms were introduced that were based on different techniques. Here, all 10 of them have been listed:
* Shotokan Ryu:
A school teacher, Gichin Funakoshi from Shuri, Okinawa developed Shotokan Karate. He successfully introduced the art in 1921 to the Japanese mainland.
* Goju Ryu:
It was developed by a practitioner of Okinawan Naha-te, Kanryo Higashionna. Here, Goju can split into two words, Go means hard and Ju means soft. The art involves the circular joint locks and powerful punches.
* Shorin-ryu:
In 1930s, Choshin Chibana founded the art. Shorin is a Japanese word that means Shaolin and it is named from the famous martial arts temple located in China.
* Shuri-ryu:
It is one of the earliest Karate style that developed in United States founded by Robert Trias. He studied martial arts during World War II in Pacific.
* Budokan:
Like other martial arts, this was not developed in Japan or China, instead in Malaysia. Chew Choo Soot studied jujitsu, judo, Shotokan and wrestling before introducing Budokan.
* Shito-ryu:
Kenwa Mabuni founded the art in 1930s. He developed the style which is popular for the extensive list of training forms, kata and stylistic elements.
* Wado-ryu:
This is another japanese form that have the blend of striking of Shotokan and grappling of jujitsu.
* Uechi-ryu:
This has been named after kanbun Uechi and have been developed in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
* Kyokushinkai:
Masutatsu Oyama founded this art. This is considered as one of the advanced forms of other traditional styles founded in 1920s and 30s.
* Chito-ryu:
One of the Japanese styles founded by Tsuyoshi Chitose in 1946. It is deemed as the descendent of Tode.


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