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a    a traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat, employing smashes, chops, kicks, etc., made with the hands, feet, elbows, or legs  
b    (as modifier)  
karate chop     
     (Japanese, literally: empty hand, from kara empty + te hand)  
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Karaite, karat, karateka, Kara

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