Karate is a martial art of Japanese origin that http://www.getactivenortheast.co.ukdeals with attacks through evasive body movements and/or blocking, and counter attacks using kicks, punches and strikes. Joint locks, restraints and takedowns are also used, but to a lesser extent. People practice it as a form of self defence, a way of keeping healthy and a sport.
As a method of keeping fit and healthy, it develops balance, co-ordination, aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility.
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English Karate Federation