Karate is a traditional martial art from the island of Okinawa, off the southern coast of Japan. Centuries ago, the indigenous traditions of Okinawa mixed with Chinese influence from the mainland, resulting in what we know of today as karate. The art makes use of empty-handed forms, weapons forms, sparring, and specialized training equipment (like the "makiwara" which is used to condition the feet and fists).
Many styles of karate trace their origins to a man named Matsumura Sokon. Matsumura Sokon was an Okinawan martial artist who lived in the 19th century. He was one of the most famous warriors in Okinawan history and is considered one of the great progenitors of Okinawan martial traditions.
There are many styles of karate that exist today: Shorin Ryu, Shotokan, Goju Ryu, Uechi Ryu, Wado Ryu, Kyokushinkai, Shito Ryu, etc. Here at Cedar Park Dojo, we offer instruction in two different styles of karate: Shorin Ryu and Shito Ryu.