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Golden Globe winner Regina King narrowly avoids being karate-kicked into oblivion by Joel Embiid  Golf Digest

The actress found out just how dangerous it is to sit court side at an NBA game on Wednesday night.

Golf Digest
'The Karate Kid' Returning To Theaters For Its 35th Anniversary  Forbes

Thirty-five years after first hitting theaters, The Karate Kid is returning to the big screen for a limited engagement - and it is going to look better than ever.

Making karate a family affair  River Towns

For the last 40 years, Kempo-Goju Hudson has been training pharmacists, lawyers, history professors and hundreds of other people who are looking for a way to ...

River Towns
Top Irish Karate athletes threatened with Olympic expulsion amid 24-hour deadline  The42

Updated 1 hour ago. A LETTER HAS been sent to several of Ireland's top karate athletes threatening to bar them from Olympic qualification events. A number of ...

World champion Sanchez advances to kata final at Karate 1-Premier League in Dubai  Insidethegames.biz

Spain's Sandra Sanchez booked her place in the women's kata final on the opening day of the Karate 1-Premier League event in Dubai.

Valerie Loureda: More than Just the Next Karate Kid  Sherdog.com

In light of her age -- she doesn't turn 21 until July -- and her background as a traditional martial arts prodigy, it would be easy to hang some clichéd headlines ...

Exclusive: The Karate Kid returning to theaters for its 35th anniversary  Entertainment Weekly News

It's time to wax on, wax off. In honor of its 35th anniversary, The Karate Kid is returning to movie theaters for two days only as presented by Fathom Events.

Entertainment Weekly News
Police in SC identify ‘Karate Kid’-inspired suspect in purse-snatching caught on camera  WIS10

With the public's help, Swansea Police have positively identified a thief and karate master.

‘Confident Saadi to feature in Karate I Premier League  The News International

KARACHI: After having finished seventh out of 100 fighters in the Paris Open last month, Pakistan's ace karateka Saadi Abbas en route towards his Olympics ...

The News International
New karate studio can teach you how to defend yourself -- Chuck Norris-style  My Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON – What does the opening of Mountain State Martial Arts and Fitness signify? It's simple – it means teaching the Chuck Norris System of martial ...

My Buckhannon
MojuKai Karate presents awards and promotions  Dothan Eagle

Special to The Ledger. MojuKai Karate awarded several promotions and awards last week. Promotions included those moving from white belt (novice) to yellow ...

Dothan Eagle
Local karate students compete in Benton | Local Sports  Paris Post Intelligencer

Members of Shotokan Karate Fitness took part in the Hall of Fame karate event hosted by the Western Kentucky Sport Karate Circuit Jan. 26 in Benton, Ky.

Paris Post Intelligencer
Vacaville's Kiera MacKenzie earns spot on karate Team USA  TheReporter.Com

Here is an important thing to know about karate Team USA's Kiera MacKenzie: At age 9, after a year of instruction with Jim and Kathy Ernest at their Ramtown ...

Karate Champ Takes On New Foe in France, DRC: Sexual Violence  VOA News

Women's marches last weekend in cities around the world show just how much attention the #MeToo movement has drawn to the issue of sexual violence.

VOA News
Karate, A Family Affair  Naperville Community Television

A suitable activity for family bonding, Karate allows parents and children to exercise and learn together. We visit a class and get the inside look on this week's ...

Naperville Community Television
Art on the battlefield: Karate instructor aims to preserve tradition  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — When Sensei Fred Castillo was first introduced to Shotokan Karate in the 1960s, it was nothing like he expected. Castillo had run into a friend ...

Register Pajaronian
One Last Break: Former karate instructor breaks blocks at 80 years old  Big Country Homepage

POTOSI, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Kirby Krupa has always had a passion for karate. "I was always fascinated by it, some of these things that these people did that ...

Big Country Homepage
Purse snatcher strikes ‘The Karate Kid’ crane kick pose on camera before crime  WYFF4 Greenville

A purse snatcher with a flair for the dramatic is getting a lot of attention for striking a pose made famous in “The Karate Kid” movie.

WYFF4 Greenville
Shack's Arcade Corner: Karate Champ  Shacknews

On this episode of Shack's Arcade Corner, we are taking a look back at Karate Champ. One of the first classic arcade fighting games, Karate Champ hit U.S. ...

WKF Brings Premier League To Dubai  FIGHT SPORTS

The road to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo goes through Dubai, as some of the best karatekas compete at the Karate 1-Premier League: Dubai.

Karate Master [Hey, You!]  OC Weekly

You walked in the door spouting racial slurs with your emotional-support attack dog at your side. But, because you're my friend's boss, I had to shut up as…

OC Weekly
Woodland Park karate instructor plans new gym to give kids confidence to stem bullying, suicide  Colorado Springs Gazette

WOODLAND PARK • A Woodland Park karate center owner has a new take on stemming the tide of bullying and teen suicide.

Colorado Springs Gazette
NECA Shows Off Their New Karate Kid Tournament Battle Set  Bleeding Cool News

NECA has shown off pics of their upcoming Karate Kid Tournament FInal Battle figure two-pack, releasing later on in 2019!

Bleeding Cool News
British Pakistani girl wins 64 Karate gold medals across England  The News International

LONDON: A 15-years-old British Pakistani girl has made a new record by bagging 64 gold medals after winning Karate matches across England.Myra Nasim ...

The News International
Arunachali karateka to represent India in world championships  EastMojo

Nobin Jomoh, currently working as a police inspector, has so far won five gold, four silver and two bronze medals in various international events; to join global ...

Karate class in Santa Fe aids students with special needs  Santa Fe New Mexican

The instructor says self-defense helps people — especially those with special needs — harness higher levels of confidence and self-awareness.

Santa Fe New Mexican
Police looking for ‘Karate Kid’ thief  fox5sandiego.com

Police are trying to find a man with what they're calling a "unique ritual he uses before he commits a larceny."

Fort Hood karate student wins tourney | Sports  The Fort Hood Sentinel

The Fort Hood Child and Youth Services' SkiesUnlimited instructional program on Fort Hood provides kids of the Great Place opportunities to learn and grow ...

The Fort Hood Sentinel
Karate grand master wants to give defense power to girls, women  The Robesonian

LUMBERTON — A local martial artist wants to give females the power to fight back.Grand Master Lacy Green, owner of Thunderzone Karate, is holding a free…

The Robesonian
American Family Karate holds fundraiser for ill teen  MyTwinTiers.com

Locals young and older showed support at a fundraising event for a local teen battling Lyme disease.

MIKA Students of the Month  The Lincoln County News

MIKA Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta would like to announce its Students of the Month for February. For the MIKA Dragon Class, which is for karate students from ...

The Lincoln County News
Purse snatcher uses famous 'Karate Kid' technique before committing the crime, police say  FOX Carolina

Swansea, S.C. (FOX Carolina) -- The Swansea Police Department needs your help in identifying a purse thief with peculiar mannerisms.

FOX Carolina
‘The Karate Kid’ Returning To Cinemas In Celebration Of 35th Anniversary  The Inquisitr News

It was June of 1984 when the original film The Karate Kid was released in theaters. The film, featuring Ralph Macchio as Daniel, quickly became a cult classic ...

The Inquisitr News
The Karate Kid 35th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray Coming In April  Inside Pulse

Can you believe it has been 35 years since Daniel performed the Crane Kick on Johnny and won the All-Valley Karate Championships? Hailed as one of the ...

Inside Pulse
'Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club' Star Regrets Physical Fight with Housemate: 'I Had a Lot of Bottled Up Anger' (Exclusive)  TooFab

Fists were flying in Mykonos on Tuesday night, after two Ambassadors on "Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club" got into a physical altercation in the new episode.

Parks & Rec News  Shelburne News

This fun event is for girls in K – 5 grades and their special adult guy (dad, uncle, grandfather, etc.). It will be held on Friday, Feb. 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the ...

Shelburne News
Exclusive: Harlem Eubank eyes world title under guidance of Adam Booth  WBN - World Boxing News

Harlem Eubank has all the composite parts to go very far in the world of professional boxing under the guidance of Adam Booth.

WBN - World Boxing News
Was The 'Karate Kid' A Bad Guy? Ralph Macchio Loves That People Are Talking About It  Hollywood Outbreak

It's a good thing that the saga of The Karate Kid has continued with Cobra Kai. Why? Because, with the rise of the Internet, the original movie has become a bit ...

Hollywood Outbreak
Teacher, principal booked for tying student’s hands  Pune Mirror

The karate teacher who raised the issue was fired; he then took it up with Union ministry.

Pune Mirror
An alleged kidnapper followed a woman into a karate studio. It didn't go well  USA TODAY

A man in North Carolina allegedly attempted to kidnap a woman but she led him somewhere he couldn't fight his way out of – a karate studio.

How Karate Helped an Aging Expert Age Better  The New York Times

The ancient Greek karate style known as pankration offers time-tested lessons on aging well.

The New York Times
Campbell River’s Northwest Shito-Kai named Island Champs  Campbell River Mirror

Sensei Nigel Nikolaisen at Northwest Shito-Kai (NWSK) Karate was extremely proud of his competitive team after last year's inaugural Vancouver Island ...

Campbell River Mirror
European bronze for Carr  The Cumberland & Westmorland Herald

ALSTON karate star Brandon Carr sparked jubilant scenes when he won a bronze medal at the European Karate Championships in Den-mark on Sunday ...

The Cumberland & Westmorland Herald
Karate owner nominated for national award | News  Weatherford Democrat

For the parents of children who take Bob Nuttall's karate classes, the activity means more than self-defense.

Weatherford Democrat
Man allegedly chased woman into karate studio  CNN

A man allegedly tried to kidnap a woman by forcing her into his car, in north Charlotte, North Carolina. She broke free, and ran into a nearby karate studio ...

Karate studio run by admitted rapist now empty  WSMV Nashville

Four months after the News4 I-Team exposed how a man who'd pleaded guilty to rape of a child was teaching children at a Portland karate studio, that building ...

WSMV Nashville
The Wasp Wants a Zombie. The Cockroach Says ‘No’ With a Karate Kick.  The New York Times

Scientists documented the fancy footwork that helps some cockroaches fend off a wasp's paralyzing sting.

The New York Times
What owners of Karate Academy have to say about a bitter billing battle  WOAI

SAN ANTONIO - A local karate school is taking a beating on social media. Former customers of Karate Academy are accusing the business of over-billing, then ...

Cinnaminson's Action Karate teaches confidence, anti-bullying values  Burlington County Times

At Action Karate on Wednesday night, kids learned self-defense, and how that goes well beyond physical intervention.

Burlington County Times
2019 Karate 1-Premier League to continue mapping out journey to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020  Around the Rings

(ATR) The World Karate Federation writes about its new 1-Premier League as it readies for a debut at Tokyo 2020.

Around the Rings
Pasco sensei blends karate and faith  Tampa Bay Times

Mark Pinner Karate School has led programs in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties.

Tampa Bay Times
‘I just threw him’: 22-year-old woman uses karate training to take down home intruder  WTKR News 3

Meeting Hannah Hughes, one is struck by how reserved the young woman is, polite and quiet. But Hughes is also someone you just don't want to mess with.

WTKR News 3
Ryo Kiyuna wins third consecutive karate gold at worlds  The Japan Times

Karateka Ryo Kiyuna clinched his third consecutive world crown in the kata division for men at the world championships in Madrid on Saturday. All flags wen.

The Japan Times
A fifth-level karate black belt at 86 years old  Northwest Georgia News

Earning a black belt in karate involves years of hard work, but it's just the beginning for those who love the art and mean to master it. There are ten.

Northwest Georgia News
Negligence lawsuit filed against Pak's Karate facilities over sexual abuse claims  FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX

The lawsuit says that the karate school "failed to implement even the most basic institutional safeguards" to prevent sexual abuse.

FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX
Midland Park's 'karate kid' stars in sport-themed Christmas movie of his father's making  NorthJersey.com

NORTH HALEDON — The bright-red karate gi complete with yellow belt is his own. The starring role in a new film, “A Karate Christmas Miracle,” filming in ...

Fitchburg High junior giving back through 'Karate for Kids'  Sentinel & Enterprise

FITCHBURG -- A love for karate movies as a kid got Ethan Chandler interested in training in the martial art. Now as a junior at Fitchburg High School, he is ...

Sentinel & Enterprise
Suspect got more than he bargained for after chasing woman into north Charlotte karate studio  WSOC Charlotte

Police said a karate instructor stepped in to help a woman after a man tried to force her into his car outside a north Charlotte karate studio Thursday night.

WSOC Charlotte
Cockroaches deliver karate kicks to avoid being turned into “zombies”  Ars Technica

If you ever want to witness just how horrifyingly "red in tooth and claw" nature can be, you only have to look to the emerald jewel wasp. The female of the species ...

Ars Technica
From hobby to passion: Karate has helped Lakota East graduate grow into a national champion  Hamilton Journal News

Growing up as an individual with autism and Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, Jamie Druhan Green struggled fitting in and often was picked on at school. The 2005 ...

Hamilton Journal News
Karate kicks keep cockroaches from becoming zombies, wasp chow  Vanderbilt University News

Rick Grimes has nothing on the humble American cockroach when it comes to avoiding zombification. Far from being a weak-willed sap easily paralyzed by the ...

Vanderbilt University News
Karate Combat Announces Major Expansion and Championship Structure  PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Karate Combat announced a comprehensive expansion today following the success of its first four events with ...

The Karate Girl | Magazine  Harvard Crimson

“The Dangerous Book for Boys” was bound in red cloth, larger than a spiral-bound notebook and much thicker. It was a 10th birthday gift for my friend, which I ...

Harvard Crimson
Alleged kidnapping thwarted after suspect chased victim into a karate dojo  Bloody Elbow

Last week an alleged attempted kidnapping was thwarted in Charlotte, NC after a suspect chased their target into a karate studio. The ill-conceived pursuit ...

Bloody Elbow
‘I Just Threw Him’: Woman, 22, Uses Karate Training To Take Down Man Who Broke Into Her Home  CBS Pittsburgh

Follow KDKA-TV: Facebook | Twitter. NEMACOLIN, Pa. (KDKA) — Meeting Hannah Hughes, one is struck by how reserved the young woman is, polite and quiet ...

CBS Pittsburgh
Family surprised after local karate school gives back  WOAI

SAN ANTONIO - A karate school on the Far West Side has an annual Christmas tradition that will melt your hearts. This year, the "Jeff Speakman's Kenpo ...

Buenos Aires 2018 karate party comes to an end - Olympic News  Olympics

The inaugural Olympic karate competition came to a conclusion on Thursday 18 October, the final day of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

Suspect chased woman into a karate school, ended up on a stretcher, NC police say  Merced Sun-Star

A suspect in an attempted kidnapping ended up in a stretcher after he chased a woman into a Charlotte karate school and tussled with an instructor, according to ...

Merced Sun-Star
Family of cabdriver who died after ‘karate kick’ wants Uber driver charged  Chicago Sun-Times

The family of a cabdriver who died nearly three months ago after a traffic dispute ended with him being kicked in the head now wants criminal charges filed.

Chicago Sun-Times
Thieves take more than $7,000 in equipment from karate instructor who relies on donations  WREG NewsChannel 3

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Karate instructor who relies on donations to keep his classes going was robbed. Robert Blackstone teaches martial arts for little or nothing ...

WREG NewsChannel 3
Karate skills help Pa. woman, 22, capture burglary suspect  Allentown Morning Call

A woman's 10 years of karate lessons are being credited with helping her subdue a man suspected of breaking into her western Pennsylvania home just after ...

Allentown Morning Call
NFL Week 5 Celebration Grades: A big weekend for karate, but Linval Joseph takes top honors  CBSSports.com

It was quite an odd (but strong) week for celebrations across the NFL.

Midnight Mania! Alleged kidnapper chases woman into karate studio, leaves on stretcher  MMA Mania

Bringing you the weird and wild from the worlds of MMA each and every weeknight.

MMA Mania
How To Play Karate Chess  Chess.com

In one of my recent articles I shared a story of how I became a lucky owner of an amazing book that really helped my chess development. This is how that article ...

Everything You Need to Know About Martial Arts Before Signing Your Kid Up  Fatherly

Navigating the world of kids karate can be tricky. Not only is there a seemingly endless number of styles from which to choose ⏤ Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Jujutsu ...

Karate Combat tries to raise profile from high above NYC  The Japan Times

Bruce Lee never dodged a shattered champagne flute. But one of the earliest KO's suffered at Karate Combat's debut card in New York came when broken ...

The Japan Times
Lyoto Machida believes his Karate beats Rafael Carvalho’s Muay Thai at Bellator 213  Bloody Elbow

Lyoto Machida bets on his Karate skills to surpass former Bellator champ Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 213, on December 15.

Bloody Elbow
Led by a spirited sensei, Pine Forest Karate marks 20 years in Florence  GazetteNET

Thirty years ago, Daniel Gobillot was working as a real estate broker when a man came into his office looking to rent a space for a dojo, the Japanese term for a ...

Meet the karate cockroach and other hard-kicking animals  National Geographic

From kangaroos to kiwis, animals have found that a swift kick is often the best defense.

National Geographic
Danny Trejo To Test Ring Announcer Chops For Karate Combat’s Hollywood Premiere  Deadline

Danny Trejo has been set to take the mike to be ring announcer for Karate Combat: Hollywood on January 24.

Karate students awarded black belts in Wellington  Sun Sentinel

Three adults students at Genbu-Kai Karate in Wellington recently earned their rank of black belts.

Sun Sentinel
Karate students pile up the trophies  Record Bee

From left, Kayla Ward of Clearlake, Charlie Crawford of Lakeport and Madison Banuelos of Clearlake combined to win seven trophies and a medal Saturday ...

Record Bee
Chandler's karate passion making an impact in the community  Sentinel & Enterprise

By Chad Garner Special to the Sentinel & Enterprise FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg High soon-to-be junior Ethan Chandler has been learning karate since he was 6 ...

Sentinel & Enterprise
North Carolina Karate Instructor Fights Off Kidnapper  KCRG

We're hearing from a North Carolina karate instructor who police say saved a woman from a would-be kidnapper.

Canton's 'Karate Kid' earns berth in world championships  Hometownlife.com

Ever since he was 7, Canton's Logan Stacey has been captivated by karate, a sport that will take him to Dublin, Ireland, for the world championships.

Cockroaches Karate-Kick Wasps to Avoid Becoming Zombies  HowStuffWorks

HowStuffWorks looks at a study determining how cockroaches defend themselves from jewel wasps.

Korean Karate Academy of Allen Park celebrates 50 years  Southgate News Herald

Originally started by Edward Ormanian in 1968, the Korean Karate Academy just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Southgate News Herald
Live streams of karate and niche sports are terrifying major sports leagues  TechCrunch

Of the 100 most-watched live telecasts in the US in 2005, 14 were sporting events; in 2015, sporting events comprised 93 of the top 100 telecasts. That shift ...

Karate class with Bob Nuttall  Weatherford Democrat

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Weatherford Democrat
Karate Instructor Thwarts Kidnapping  KTSM News Channel 9

Would-be kidnapper chases woman into North Carolina karate dojo, where he's quickly subdued by an instructor. WCNC's Rachel Brown reports.

KTSM News Channel 9
Damir Kreilach like Karate Kid? Epic goal memorialized by Real Salt Lake  MLSsoccer.com

After winning on the field Thursday night, Real Salt Lake has been winning the internet. They poked fun at LAFC after the game then followed that up by ...

Karate school, former instructor named in civil suit  Brunswick News

The parents of a girl who was sexually assaulted by a karate school instructor have filed a civil lawsuit against him and his employer for not taking precautions to ...

Brunswick News
Fort’s Esteban excels in academics, debate and karate  Staunton News Leader

Senior is No. 1 in her class, state runner-up in debate and black belt karate.

Staunton News Leader
Victim’s mother heartbroken after Orem karate instructor ruled incompetent  Daily Herald

Devastated and heartbroken after learning a karate instructor had molested her daughter, the girl's mother carefully kept track of every court document and ...

Daily Herald
Learn karate, Brazilian jiu jitsu at new martial arts school in New Tripoli  Allentown Morning Call

Build strength in body, mind and spirt while learning how to kick, block, punch and grapple at the Lehigh Valley's newest martial arts school. Mike's Karate ...

Allentown Morning Call
Local karate school wins national titles  WKTV

A local karate school is listed as one of the top karate schools in the world and took home national titles.

Summerlin teen keen on Olympics’ newest sport: Karate  Las Vegas Review-Journal

Trinity Allen is the top-ranked American in her age group and 59-kilogram weight class, ranked No. 22 in the World Karate Federation. In December she will ...

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Medways karate kid gets gold  MetroWest Daily News

Medway resident Gabby Smith is the first member of the Seishin Martial Arts Studio to win an international competition.

MetroWest Daily News
Naples High junior Cody Lam making a name for himself in karate  Naples Daily News

A member of the U.S. national team the last two years, Cody Lam of Naples High making presence felt at international tournaments.

Naples Daily News
Karate Combat Hosts First-Ever Sports Event Atop The Freedom Tower in New York City  PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Karate Combat, the first mainstream, professional, full-contact karate league, announced the date and location for ...

PR Newswire

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Karate (空手) (; Japanese pronunciation: [kaɾate] (listen); Okinawan pronunciation: [kaɽati]) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts (called te (手), "hand"; tii in Okinawan) under the influence of Chinese Kung Fu, particularly Fujian White Crane. Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands and palm-heel strikes. Historically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints and vital-point strikes are also taught. A karate practitioner is called a karateka (空手家).The Ryukyu Kingdom was annexed by Japan in 1879. Karate was brought to Japanese archipelago in the early 20th century during a time of migration as Ryukyuans, especially from Okinawa, looked for work in Japan. It was systematically taught in Japan after the Taishō era. In 1922, the Japanese Ministry of Education invited Gichin Funakoshi to Tokyo to give a karate demonstration. In 1924 Keio University established the first university karate club in mainland Japan and by 1932, major Japanese universities had karate clubs. In this era of escalating Japanese militarism, the name was changed from 唐手 ("Chinese hand" or "Tang hand") to 空手 ("empty hand") – both of which are pronounced karate in Japanese – to indicate that the Japanese wished to develop the combat form in Japanese style. After World War II, Okinawa became an important United States military site and karate became popular among servicemen stationed there.The martial arts movies of the 1960s and 1970s served to greatly increase the popularity of martial arts around the world, and in English the word karate began to be used in a generic way to refer to all striking-based Oriental martial arts. Karate schools began appearing across the world, catering to those with casual interest as well as those seeking a deeper study of the art.Shigeru Egami, Chief Instructor of Shotokan Dojo, opined that "the majority of followers of karate in overseas countries pursue karate only for its fighting techniques ... Movies and television ... depict karate as a mysterious way of fighting capable of causing death or injury with a single blow ... the mass media present a pseudo art far from the real thing." Shōshin Nagamine said, "Karate may be considered as the conflict within oneself or as a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training and one's own creative efforts."On 28 September 2015, karate was featured on a shortlist along with baseball, softball, skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics. On 1 June 2016, the International Olympic Committee's executive board announced they were supporting the inclusion of all five sports (counting baseball and softball as only one sport) for inclusion in the 2020 Games.Web Japan (sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs) claims there are 50 million karate practitioners worldwide, while the World Karate Federation claims there are 100 million practitioners around the world.