Karate developed on the Ryukyu islands more commonly known as Okinawa. Practising this art carries with it learning the basic facts regarding the history of Karate. This section will be repetitive for the serious student of this fighting form. For folks looking for basic information please look at “Okinawan Karate” by Mark Bishop which is a wonderful reference book on the subject.
Basically, please remember that Karate evolved on Okinawa and was originally referred to as either “Te” or “Tode”. Its name was first changed to “Karate” to use the kanji meaning “China” and “Hand” whch underlined the influence of existing chinese boxing systems on the Ryukyu empty hand fighting.