It is a common misconception that Karate is something that you do only with your hands and feet. This is true, but few schools teach Karate. Almost all “Karate” schools are teaching Karate-Do. “Karate-Do” translates to “The way of using the open hand”. The reason it is said that way, is because we focus on the ethical and moral practice of using karate as much as we do on the ability to punch and block.
As a student begins learning karate, the main focus will be on moving, blocking, punching, and the physical aims of karate. That in itself is overwhelming and a lot to focus on. As the student progresses and becomes more accustomed to learning the physical aims of karate, they will then be introduced to the ethical and mental aspects.
This should not be confused with religious or theological teachings. It is not. The reality is though; as you learn karate you begin learning many things that could leave a person hurt or dead. In learning these powerful techniques, you must always recognize that these should only ever be used in protecting yourself and others. There is more to say on the subject than this handbook could ever fit. Just be aware that there is much more to karate-do than simply moving your arms and feet. It is something that integrates itself into your life and how you think, and we are all working to be better every day at this.