Karate is a japanese martial art of Okinawan origin. Okinawa - A japanese Island group. While in Chinese martial arts, shaolin is supposed to be the beginning, in karate everything started in Okinawa. In its early days, karate was a mixture of wushu-shaolin-quan and the own techniques of Okinawan martial artists. Karate Practicioners practice Kihon (Basics), Katas (Forms) and Kumites (Sparring).