Karate is a weaponless means of self defense and a martial art. It involves a variety of techniques, including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations. The object of true karate practice is the perfection of oneself through the perfection of the art.
Originally this was the most important thing about martial arts – to reach a higher level, to become a strong human being. This kind of strength doesn’t come from big muscles. It comes from being strict with yourself. That is the ideal of martial arts. —Tsutomu Ohshima