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krevin asked in SportsMartial Arts · 2 months ago

Can karate be used for evil?

I remember hearing as a kid that karate could only be used defensively but not offensively - is this just something they tell kids to keep them from beating each other up? Can karate be used for evil?

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  • Paul
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    depends who benefits from it the most ...hitler was trying to curtail the "evil" british 

    empire from ever expanding some more ...from india to some parts of hong kong ...to some parts of afrika ..then someone drops a toxic bomb on innocent people and they get a ticket tape parade..so probably not

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  • Carlos
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    That is so ask the Shredder from TMNT series

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Of course, all evil means is something bad happening to one's self. Or to a group of people, things, plants whatever etc. If someone randomly comes up to you to attack you (which doesn't often happen), then that's evil. If you defend yourself against them and subdue them, then that's evil too. There are many forms of evil, however that idea is the basic definition. 

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  • Bon
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Anything can be used for good or evil; hammers, cars, even the words you use. It is not offensive techniques that makes it evil. It is the REASON you use it. And there are no such thing as a martial art that is totally defensive. In self-defense, you either run away or you put your attacker out of action and you don't do that by blocking his strikes.

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  • 2 months ago

    Anything can be used for good or evil.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Just as Steel mentioned. It can be a touchy subject. If you look at the forms and sets of techniques you get a different thought. Mainly if you go back in time with the forms and techniques you get a better understanding. Look at pre-WW2 Karate you get a better picture. Look at those original forms and you see somethings that may change your thought on that.

    All martial arts are inherently both. And they CAN/MAY be used offensively.

    As an example if you look at Hapkido (Korean MA) (which has direct ties to Aikijutsu the fore runner of JJJ, Aikido, Judo, Hapkido etc.) The first set of techniques are offensive techniques. Hmmmm. Did I say offense? Yep.

    That doesn't mean it should be used just to attack someone.

    Self defense is very misleading. If you were to plead self defense in court yu have to prove that your life was at stake. And that you fended off attack until help arrived.

    In martial sciences/arts at a higher level you get the bigger picture.

    It is more self preservation not self defense. So there is going to be offensive techniques. All defensive techniques start off as fending o the attack and transitioning into a offensive 1.

    And example of that is someone throws a strike you block than counter with a strike. Well guess what after that initial block, you just made a offensive move.

    Mind boggling isn't it.

    Offense does not mean aggression or attacking as you think.

    Now as for evil. Well You need to look no further than early 20th century Japan and their aggression. And what they did to mainland China and Korea. That was evil in all senses.

    It seems to also come down to the individual itself. How d you define evil? Is it right or wrong morally and ethically?

    Is all wars evil? Depends on how you look at things and what is really going on. Evil is not a martial art or in martial arts. It is in the individual and how you apply martial arts. Not the art itself.

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  • Steel
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    There are codes of conduct and ethics in place for more reputable methods of martial arts, the most famous of which is known as "bushido", that would dictate use only in the instance of self-defense or for the protection of others. The fact of the matter is, though, the entire concept in the west is more so for insurance purposes and to avert blaming the teacher should a student go rogue and misuse his/her martial arts and injure somebody.

    So, the short answer to your question is "yes and no", but you would be better off rephrasing your premise by replacing "could" with "should" to read:

    "...Karate SHOULD only be used defensively but not offensively...."

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    • Steel
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      I've found that to be the case as well. When someone is confident in their abilities, they aren't as prone to feel the need to have a chip on their shoulder and prove themselves.

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  • Mary
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    the history behind karate is that it is only used for defence. some of the top masters of karate would be saddened if they heard/saw you use it for evil.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Take a wild gues

    • reed2 months agoReport

      What did Doctor Evil say and Mini Me have to say about this ?

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