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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.

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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.