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What are kanji letters for KARATE?

karate written in japanese kanji letters

They are the kanji letters that mean KARATE in Japanese!

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KARA = sky, empty

TE = hand


Japanese Karate has its origin in Okinawa prefecture. It was originally traditional martial arts inherited in the Okinawa area.

Later it was influenced by Chinese martial arts and got to be called “TOUTE”.


TOU meant China!

The kanji symbol TOU can read KARA. Since a Karate fighter fights with no weapon, the KARA kanji was replaced with the current KARA symbol that means “empty”.


Additionally, the “empty” kanji is related to the word “TOSHUKUUKEN”.

What’s that?

toshukuuken written in japanese kanji letters

TO = empty handed

SHU = hand

KUU = empty

KEN = fist


It’s a word that stands for “empty-handed” or “have nothing excerpt for myself”. Did you notice the KUU and the Karate’s KARA use the same kanji character?

Karate is a major martial art of Toshuuuken style and the name itself represents what Karate is.


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