While many people today are familiar at least with the term karate, it was not always this way. In fact, karate as we know it today is much different than how it started. Karate has often been used as a generic term to encompass all oriental-based martial arts. This started because it World War 2, many United States servicemen were stationed in Okinawa, where the discipline originated.
It was not long before interest in the discipline spread to America, who used the powerful media tool known as Hollywood to really raise awareness of the art. In the 1960s and 1970s, the abundance of martial arts movies would make karate become one of the most popular disciplines around. This is because movies were depicting karate as a powerful striking art that melded the mind and the body together. This caused karate schools to begin erupting all around the world as demand for the discipline skyrocketed. What was once a casual interest became a deeper fascination with the art itself.
The problem with karate’s rise in popularity is that many movies depicted the discipline as a powerful and enigmatic fighting style that could kill or incapacitate somebody in a single blow. This caused many misconceptions and warped the actual discipline of karate into some strange mutation by the mass media. Karate was established as a discipline that helps you combat the inner self through training and creativity. Its sole purpose was not to quickly dispatch an enemy.
Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a professional dentist who spends his free-time studying the discipline of karate.