Kara

1. Empty or void.
2. Chinese character 'tang'. The Japanese pronounce it as 'kara' or 'to' and sometimes use it to mean the country of China. The Okinawans used this character to describe the fighting skills which they had learned from the Chinese as 'tode' or 'tote' or 'karate'. These are all different ways of saying the same characters.

Funakoshi Gichin said:

The person who follows karate must make himself void or empty by ridding himself of all self-centeredness and greed, making yourself empty within, but upright without. This is the real meaning of the "empty" in Karate.

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