History of Shito Ryu Karate

The origin of today’s four major Japanese karate-do systems can be traced to a group of islands known as the Ryukyu Island chain during the 18th century. Located between Japan (North-East), mainland China (West), and Taiwan (South-West), Okinawa, the largest of the islands had an indigenous martial art form that was being secretly practiced called ‘TE’ or ‘HANDS’. This ideal location allowed Okinawa to be heavily influenced by an open cultural exchange with Asia, especially China. During this era, the secret method of ‘TE’ was combined with various Chinese martial arts fighting styles that evolved into a system referred to simply as ‘TO-DE’ or ‘CHINESE-HAND’.

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