Karate-Do the way of the Empty Hand
"Karate begins & ends with Courtesy"
Karate, the art of the empty hand, was developed on Okinawa centuries ago. The fighting art was kept secret and designed to use empty hand self-defense that blended with kobudo - the ancient art of common tools for self-defense weapons. Okinawan karate masters called their art kara-te (empty hand) to indicate their combat system was more than just fighting. Just as important was a distinct Zen influence. Kara is related to mushin and implies emptiness - an important Zen philosophy. It also suggests that karate must be practiced over and over to teach muscle memory so the individual never concentrates on technique, and only reacts to another's attack. We teach a variety of Shorin-Ryu karate.
Perhaps, Gichin Funakoshi, the father of Modern Karate from Okinawa best summarized karate - "The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory of defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants".