There are billions of lives with a common necessity – Self-defense against the predators. Karate, too, was born out of this human need that has evolved over centuries.
Evolution of Karate dates back to Before Christ era. It is believed that Bodhidharma (Daruma Daishi in Japanese and Ta-mo in Chinese) significantly contributed in its evolution from India to China and subsequently to Okinawa where the art evolved as Shuri-te, Naha-te and Tomari-te. Evolution process further continued in mainland Japan in 1930s where it was finally termed as Karate-do or the art of empty hand.
From multiple styles to broad formats, karate training and tournament systems got classified into three formats, i.e., General Karate (sports karate), Traditional Karate and Contact Karate.
For the first time in the history of world karate, all the 3 formats shared common platform under one roof at Renmei Cup in 2014 in New Delhi.