Karate (空手), is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed from indigenous fighting methods called te (手, literally "hand") and Chinese kenpō. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles. Gichin Funakoshi interpreted the "kara" of Karate-dō to mean "to purge [oneself] of selfish and evil thoughts. For only with a clear mind and conscience can [the practitioner] understand that [knowledge] which he receives." Funakoshi believed that one should be "inwardly humble and outwardly gentle." Only by behaving humbly can one be open to Karate's many lessons. This is done by listening and being receptive to criticism. He considered courtesy of prime importance. He said that "Karate is properly applied only in those rare situations in which one really must either down another or be downed by him." Funakoshi did not consider it unusual for a devotee to use Karate in a real physical confrontation no more than perhaps once in a lifetime. He stated that Karate practitioners must "never be easily drawn into a fight."
Activity in the Festival:
Karate demonstration, under the direction of Master Osamu Aoki (7º Dan JKA)
The master Osamu Aoki was born in Yokohama (Japan) on March 15, 1948. In 1970 he graduated from Takushoku University (Tokyo) in International and Domestic Trade and practiced Karate under the direction of one of the most famous masters: Sensei Masatoshi Nakayama. That same year he moved to Spain in order to continue his career in Karate, forever linked to the teaching and dissemination of this martial art. He has translated 18 books of Master Masatoshi Nakayama Karate and has edited 3 books of karate for children.
Since 1993 he has also devoted to the study, teaching and dissemination of "Aoki Bio Energy", with more than 150 courses and lectures given throughout Europe. Since 2010, the discipline of Aoki Bio Energy has been embraced in France as a federated discipline and now is included in the FFST (Federation Francaise du Sport Travailler) based in Paris.
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