The Emperors, "Karate" was one in a long line of karate-themed dance tunes in 1966-67. You had Jerry-O's 'Karate Boogaloo', Chubby Checker's 'Karate Monkey', and 'Karate' by The Bedwells to name a few. And we're not even talking Kung-Fu here...
My personal favorite (and the only one i actually own on vinyl) is The Emperors take on the theme.
Hit up their page over at Funky 16 for the whole story.
Bonus points to the first person to identify the classic rock act who shamelessly ripped off this song in 1971. .
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