Karate is the ultimate in unarmed self-defense. It specializes in kicking, punching, chopping, slashing, clawing, stabbing, and gouging, along with locking, choking, and throwing techniques used in special cases where it is more practical to throw or to lock the opponent than to strike him.

Karate is traced to the Buddhist monks of the Shaolin (Japanese Shorin-ji) Temple in China. Bodhidharma, a semi-legendary Indian abbot, crossed the Himalayas from India to Ch