What is Karate?
Karate is a fighting art that was thought to have originated in China, and developed into a systemized style by Okinawan Masters. Karate is a term which simply means "empty hand", describing the fighting arts attributes. Traditionaly Karate was meant to be used for unarmed combat, but its militaristic and spiritual attributes have been adapted to suit the modern day person. Karate develops healthy self-esteem, self-confidence, respect, and self-defense, while strengthening the practitioner from the inside out. There are many different styles of Karate, S.M.A Karate is proud to offer two of the oldest styles recorded to date.