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In this brief video, filmed in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada for The Active City TV show, you’ll learn what karate is and where is comes from.

Karate is one of the World’s most popular martial arts. Modern day Karate was developed in Okinawa, a small Island off Japan. Karate is a highly effective system of self-defence, and also an excellent form of exercise that promotes a number of life skills and values.

Karate practise is generally divided up into three components: Kihon (basics), Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring).