Karate is a martial art of Okinawan origin. It involves many techniques, including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws and joint manipulations. While karate is used as a method of self-defense, those who practice it suggest that express respect for their opponent(s) is important. After mastering the techniques, those who practice karate can be promoted to the first-degree black belt rank. One can be promoted up to the fourth-degree based on technical excellence. Promotion thereafter is based on one's technique and dedication to the art. The highest rank, ninth degree, is typically given to individuals that are over 60 or 70 years old and have studied karate throughout their life.

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    The theory behind karate is not to win against the enemy outside the body, but to win against oneself. Karate is thought to be used to battle against one's own fear, doubt, and indecisiveness. Therefore, it involves both physical and psychological training.

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