How did karate come to the US?
It was brought originally by immigrants from Okinawa. Soldiers stationed in Japan and Okinawa also brought it back.
The first known karate demonstrations in the US were held in the Hawaiian territory in the 1930's. It was after World War 2 that American GI's brought the art back to the mainland. Karate came to the US about the same time as it came to Japan, in the early 1930's. Hawaii was the first place in the US that 'Gijin' saw what is known as karate demonstrations. It became much more popular as Soldiers…
Karate comes from an island called "Okinawa". Karate basically 'evolved' from Southern Chinese Kung Fu styles. It came to mainland Japan in the late nineteenth-century. Judo, too, was created in Japan in the late nineteenth-century . Judo is an offshoot of Japanese 'Jujutsu'. (Note: 'Jujutsu' did not evolve from Karate)