The art of karate is not only an incredibly effective means of self-development, but it is also an intense, full-body workout; a philosophy of life; and for millions of people around the world, an exciting competitive sport.
As in life, we test regularly in karate. While these tests may take many forms, only two standards are ever really used. First, in a grading, we test against ourselves. Second, in competition, we are tested against others.