Our goal at Empty Hand Karate is two-fold:
- Promote the sport of Karate that will be a part of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
- Provide competitive karateka with knowledge and tips for kumite and kata competitions
While we maintain an interest in the history of karate, ancient karate, and full-contact karate, our focus will be on sport karate as organized by the World Karate Federation, the WKF.
Karate as an International Sport
Karate will be an Olympic Sport at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. As a sport, it is practiced all over the world. The sport originated in Japan. The word karate means "way of the empty hand", and the name of the site reflects the principle.
Karate has spread around the world, the centre of Karate activity remains in Japan. Many World Champions across different categories, in both Kumite and Kata, male and female, are from Japan. Many world champions train in Japan because of the high level of karate.
The Youtube, and internet in general, has made it easier to update Karate knowledge regardless of where Karateka are in the world. That said, a large body of Karate knowledge from Japan remains inaccessible, mainly due to a language barrier. That language barrier is Japanese, which, unlike English, has implicit and uniform cultural nuances. It is rare for people to speak both English and Japanese (well, at least), and rarer for someone to be able to comfortable with native speech in both languages.
We are a group of Japanese and Japanese-trained karateka that want to exchange our knowledge with the world. We hope to become better karateka by learning about how people practise karate all over the world. We use English in our daily lives, though most of us acquired it as a second language.
Our posts here are made by black belt instructors (the majority of whom are 2nd and 3rd Dan), who have experience in teaching classes and competing in tournaments.
Who is 'Karateman'?
Karateman came about as we were heading out to karaoke after a karate session.
My senpai's wife and I were talking, and she sighed about not being able to get an honest answer out of junior ranking karateka in the presence of their seniors. In her words, "all karatemen are yes-men".
There is some truth to what she said, but the name 'Karateman' stuck.