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Karate was firast introduced from China to Okinawa, where it developed as the art ofself defence when weapons were prohibited.

Figters trained their whole bodies to be used as weapons.

There are two types of Karate matches, Kumite and Kata.

Kumite is a sparring matsh where points are scored when players stop their thrustsand kicks inches from their opponent’s bodies.

In Kata maches, they demonstrate combinations of various technipues.

Spiritual aspects are also stressed in Karate.


What’s Sumo

Sumo is the oldest sport in Japan and was originally practiced as a part of
Shinto rituals for agricultural fertility in ancient times.

Professional wrestlers appeared in Edo period,
and bouts were performed to raise funds to build temples and shrines.

In 1909, Sumo match, two wrestlers wearing only loincloths wrestle
in a 4.5-meter diameter ring until one of them is pushed out or touches
the ground with any part of his body other than the soles of his feet.

There are six tournaments lasting 15 days every year,
three in Tokyo and one in Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka, respectively.

What’s  Kendo

Kendo was developed as an essential discipline for Samurai warriors during the Edo period.

 Influenced by Buddhism and Confucianism, it stresses not only the acuisition of technique, but spiritual refinement.

In a kendo match, participants wearing protective gear attack each other with bamboo swords called shinai.

Points are scored by hitting an opponent’s head, trunk, and forearms or charging at the throat with a shinai.