Karate Photos

Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. As a striking art, karate uses punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. Despite not being an Olympic discipline as of 2014, karate is considered one of the most popular martial arts around the globe, with an estimated 50 to 100 million practitioners worldwide. epa's photo coverage encompasses international karate tournaments like the European Karate Championships.

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