Las Vegas Karate is a Japanese word literally meaning “empty hand”, as to suggest only natural weapons will be used for self-defense. Originating in China some 1,600 years ago from a Chinese monk or priest named Bodhi Darma, as legend states, to bring movement to meditating monks who had trouble remaining awake for prolonged periods of time. His original movements were modeled after observing various animals fight and survive in the natural world. The place of legendary status where this all began is said to be the famed Shaolin Temple. Approximately 1,200 years ago the tea trade moved to the Okinawa Islands and with it came families of wealth and power, and with them came their protectors and guards trained in the martial arts. From this point forward various incantations and adaptations of these arts migrated throughout the Japanese islands as they took various names to describe these systems. Broadly speaking the Chinese refer to all martial arts as Wu Shu and a very popular and practical art is Chuan Fa. This art translated into Japanese is Kenpo Karate, the art that we practice and study today.
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