Karate makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo, here’s what you need to know | USA TODAY


Team USA karateka Sakura Kokumai explains the different disciplines of karate that you can expect to watch during the Olympics.

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Believed to have originated on the Japanese island prefecture of Okinawa in the 1400s, karate made its way to mainland Japan in the 1920s. It started picking up steam among international audiences in the decades thereafter, including in the United States, where service members who were stationed in Japan during World War II took up an interest in the sport and helped introduce it in America.

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