The definition of karate, accepted by the Japanese characters (Kanji) depicting Karate is "Empty Hand".
Karate has enjoyed significant growth from its initial introduction to the west following the second world war and is found in most countries in the world.
The WKF (World Karate Federation) is the only world karate body recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has 174 countries in membership. There are various styles of karate but the WKF recognise Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Gojo Ryu & Shito Ryu as the 4 main styles.
Karate training provides access to an excellent cardio-vascular workout programme which maintains the general fitness of all those who participate. Karate can be practised by anyone of any age and of any ability, there are no limits or restrictions relating to gender, physical ability religious beliefs etc except those imposed by the individual themselves.
Continuity of training can be assured all year round, as barring public holidays most karate clubs are open 50 weeks per year.