Karate is one of the best-known and widely practised martialarts in the world. This guide introduces the philosophy andapproach of the sport and its main schools worldwide, thenfocuses on the technical elements, from the warm-up to thedelivery of the perfect punch, block and kick. It also includescompetition rules and basic self-defence.
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