During the nineteenth century, the three main style of
Okinawa Martial Arts, te, were known as Shuri-te,
Naha-te and Tomari-te for the towns in which they
Martial arts, whose defense and attack techniques are based on
block and blows given with various parts of the human body. They
were originated in China, from where they gradually expanded to
the neighboring countries undergoing alterations when adapting to
the idiosyncrasy of each town that incorporated them.
It was nevertheless, in Okinawa where its improvement and
development reached its greatest peak, well known as Okinawa-te
and Kenpo. It was held as a secret and jealously retained for
Okinawa is a small island of the group that comprises modern day
Japan. It's the main island in the chain of the Ryu kyu Islands,
which spans from Japan to Taiwan.
The Martial Art known as "Karate" was an indigenous form of
closed fist fighting, which was developed in Okinawa and called
Te, or Fist. "Te" continued to develop over the years, primarily in
three Okinawan cities: Shuri, Naha and Tomari. Each of these
three cities was a center and well marked different sectors of
society: Respectively, Kings and nobles, merchantmen and
business people, and farmers and fishermen. For this reason,
different forms of self-defense developed within each city and
subsequently became known as Shuri-te, Naha-te and Tomari-te.
Collectively, they were known as Okinawa-te.
In 1905, Kenpo (Okinawa-te) arrived to Japan, where it was
adopted receiving the denomination of karate-do (empty hand way).