What does the word "karate" literally mean?

"way of the thunder"
"gentle way"
"empty hand"
"way of the master"
Karate developed from the indigenous martial arts of the Ryukyu Islands (called 'te' in Okinawan) under the influence of Chinese martial arts, particularly Fujian White Crane.
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