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Does karate use weapons?
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  1. Although it could be argued that the hands and feet of a karate expert are weapons, karate doesn't use any of the types of weapons usually associated with other martial arts. Many karate schools, however, teach techniques for using weapons, such as the nunchaku or the long staff - - two martial arts weapons created long ago by peasants. Peasants weren't allowed to use swords or other weapons, so they created weapons out of items that they had in their homes or used in their work. Along the same vein, karate schools may teach their students how to use a phone or a broom stick as an impromptu weapon.

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