The philosophy behind karate is vast and complex. It stems from thousands of years of armed and unarmed combat. Techniques that were perfected hundreds of years ago are still being perfected over and over again by each new generation.
Karate in its modern form was established around 400 years ago in Japan, with its roots mainly derived from Chinese Kung Fu.
To the untrained observer, karate may look like its about showy displays of violence. In fact, it's the polar opposite. Karate is about peace and, what's more, peace of mind. In life conflict is unavoidable. When this happens, it should be handled swiftly and with power. The result is a natural confidence that has an air of humility.
This is an art form that involves the mind and spirit as much as the body. All three must develop simultaneously for the practitioner to truly master this Martial art. While the body must remember how to move, the mind, in turn, must remember how to be still.
All of the martial arts begin and end with courtesy. There is very little that is selfish about karate. It is believed that in your devotion there is reward.