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English translation: THE WAY OF THE OPEN HAND OR THE WAY OF KARATE

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Japanese term or phrase:KARATE-DO
English translation:THE WAY OF THE OPEN HAND OR THE WAY OF KARATE
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18:35 Mar 17, 2001
Japanese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Japanese term or phrase: karate-do
I need the meaning of karate-do please.
Combatkiti
The Way of the Open Hand or the Way of Karate
Explanation:
Let me explain this in very straight terms:

Kara - means open
Te - means hand
Do - means way or road

Therefore the meaning would be either the Way of Karate or the Way of the Open Hand.

In Japanese culture, there are numerous examples of Do. JuDo, KenDo (the Way of the Sword)... there are even those who say that Baseball is not a sport in Japan but a Do (Way). As in YakyuuDo.

Hope that helps.

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Summary of answers provided
nathe philosophy of karateFidelio
naway of the empty handJasper Sprengers
naWay of the Empty Hand
Kimpatsu
naThe Way of KaratePro-Japanese
naThe Art of Karateyuriyama
naThe Way of the Open Hand or the Way of KaratePro-Japanese


  

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17 mins
The Way of the Open Hand or the Way of Karate


Explanation:
Let me explain this in very straight terms:

Kara - means open
Te - means hand
Do - means way or road

Therefore the meaning would be either the Way of Karate or the Way of the Open Hand.

In Japanese culture, there are numerous examples of Do. JuDo, KenDo (the Way of the Sword)... there are even those who say that Baseball is not a sport in Japan but a Do (Way). As in YakyuuDo.

Hope that helps.



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Canada
Local time: 17:20
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Thank you so much for all your help!
Thank you, combatkiti
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26 mins
The Art of Karate


Explanation:
"do" meaning "the way of" or "the art of" in a non^literal sense, "do" is added to something than is thought of as an art or system, i.e., something that is taught and/or learned.

yuriyama

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31 mins
The Way of Karate


Explanation:
I thought that you might get a better understanding of the meaning by looking at this page:

http://www.stanford.edu/group/jkarate/karatedo.html

It will explain, in brief, the history of Karate and who coined the phrase, KarateDo.


    Reference: http://www.stanford.edu/group/jkarate/karatedo.html
    Reference: http://www.gojukai-canada.com/headquarters/history.htm
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2 hrs
Way of the Empty Hand


Explanation:
"Karate", in its modern meaning of empty hand, has only been around since the first half of the 20th century. Before that, the euphonic Karate meaning "Cathay Hand" was used (i.e., the pronunciation is the same, but the first character is different). Adding the suffix "-do" means "way of", indicating that it is a path to be studied, and a means to an end (in this case, spiritual enlightenment should follw as a result of the harsh physical conditioning. Compare: Sado, "the way of tea", shodo "Caligraphy, lit., way of the pen," etc.) Thus, Karate-do is the way of the empty hand, but was originally the way of the Chinese hand. Interestingly, the characters for the original "Way of Cathay hand" are still used in Korea today, where they are read as Tang-su do, which is a cousin of modern Tae Kwon do.
HTH,
Tony ("Kimpatsu")



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7 hrs
the philosophy of karate


Explanation:
Karate-do Literally means the way of karate, yet this ideogram, "do(or michi)", has a broader meaning of "way of life" or "philosophy".

Fidelio

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7 hrs
way of the empty hand


Explanation:
I do not speak Japanese, but practised karate myself. The empty hand means of course that karate is practised with bare hands and feet only. Secondly, the meaning is closely related to Zen, where achieving a state of mental purity (emptiness) is the way to Enlightenment. In karate the mental emptiness has a positive meaning: it means one can concentrate completely on the fight, even without fear of death.

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