Karate – Translated as “Way of the Empty Hand”
Karate in the Bahamas goes back for at least two generations. Wikipedia gives a description of Karate as a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed from indigenous fighting methods called te , literally “hand”; Tii in Okinawan) and Chinese kenpō. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles. A karate practitioner is called a karateka
Two of the most common styles of Karate in the Bahamas are GoJu Karate and Shotokan Karate. There are multiple schools located throughout the island of New Providence.