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MADRID Wholesale Los Angeles Rams Jerseys , Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Vuelta de Espana (Tour of Spain) cycle race starts in the southern Spanish town of Puerto Banus on Saturday in a race packed with star riders.

This year's edition of the three week race, which is behind only the Tour de France and the Giro de Italia in importance in the annual calendar, features a roster of riders which looks certain to guarantee thrills and interest for cycling fans from start to finish on a course which offers little or no respite for competitors.

What makes this year's Vuelta special is that it features Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde: the three riders who occupied the podium in last month's Tour and there will be massive interest to see if Quintana, will be able to overtake Froome on a course perhaps more suited to his explosive climbing ability.

Quintana and Valverde will have the support of the powerful Movistar team, which has the advantage of racing on home soil Wholesale Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys , although it will be interesting to see if the riders who were so strong in the Tour de France will pay for their efforts in another demanding race which comes so soon afterwards.

The same could be said of Joaquin Rodriguez, a punchy rider with the Katusha team, who limited himself to hunting stage wins in France, while the presence of former winner and the 2014 Tour Champion Vicenzo Nibali only serves to give the race another candidate for the podium.

Nibali struggled in the first half of the Tour, but rode into form in the closing week and may consider himself to be in better shape overall that Quintana or Froome.

Likewise Teejay Van Garderen is also among the favorites: the American was performing well in France before illness forced him out and although that ruined his Tour chances, it should mean he is fresher than the other favorites.

Meanwhile expect the Colombia team Wholesale Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys , who have been given a wildcard entry to provide attacks in the mountain stages and sprinter John Degenkolb (team Giant-Alpecin) to be the man to beat in the sprint finishes in a race which ranges from the hot plains of Andalusia to the chilly heights of the Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa mountains before finishing in Madrid on September 13.

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Upon hearing the word “karate,” people often think of the physical aspects of this martial art. The kicks, punches, and other seemingly impossible moves of karate masters are just the surface of what is truly a martial art steeped in philosophy. For anyone who wants to get into karate, it would be advisable to understand some of the long history and deep philosophy that have helped to make karate what it is today. By understanding the philosophy and history of the defensive martial art known as karate, people will be better disposed to take advantage of the many physical and mental benefits that karate has to offer. This article will cover the basics of the history and philosophy of karate Wholesale Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys , as well as discuss karate in the contemporary context.

Karate: history of the martial art

Much like other forms of martial arts, karate has a long and colorful history. Karate originates from the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, though it is a martial art that has been heavily influenced by the Chinese kung-fu and the Koren taekwondo. In the 1300s and 1400s, numerous Chinese families moved to Okinawa, Japan and they brought with them different forms of Chinese martial arts. These martial arts as well as other parts of the Chinese culture were being assimilated into Japanese culture.

In the 1600s, a policy was enacted in Japan Wholesale Indianapolis Colts Jerseys , banning the use of weapons. It was during this time that karate began to take root and flourish in Japan. The Japanese phrase “karate” means “empty hand,” because it was developed as a form of self-defense during the weapon ban. This martial art would take on many of the Chinese “kata” (“shape” or “model”) used in their martial arts, reinventing them and perfecting them into different karate kata, or fighting stances and postures. Numerous people would begin teaching different forms of karate in and around Japan from the 1800s and onwards.

Karate: a philosophy of honor

Many different forms of karate have developed throughout the years, each with its own philosophy and perception of the martial art. In its original context, however Wholesale Houston Texans Jerseys , the philosophy of karate is a form of self-defense that should only be used as a last resort. Those who practice karate train their bodies and their minds, promoting not only mental and physical health, but also spiritual health. The philosophy of karate is vast, but the most influential factors have been Taoism, Buddhism, and the code of Bushido.

Karate today

Karate has come a long way since its origins in the Ryukyu Islands. While there are still a number of people training and living in the traditional ways of karate Wholesale Green Bay Packers Jerseys , this martial art has become a popular sport. Numerous karate tournaments are held all around the world. Karate dojos, where people can go to learn and train in this martial art, have cropped-up all around the world. Since karate has become so wide-spread, many countries have developed their own styles of karate. In the Philippines, for example, arnis karate has developed as a combination of karate and the Filipino martial art of arnis.

Whether people are into karate as a sport Wholesale Detroit Lions Jerseys , hobby, or profession, this martial art offers many physical and mental benefits. Beyond the physical and mental benefits, however, karate also has a rich history and philosophy that people can learn from. With its ability to enrich and improve the lives of those who study and practice it, karate is truly a powerful martial art.

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