Alright, let’s get it out of the way right off the bat: no, these aren’t all “karate” GIFs. Some are probably taekwondo, or judo, or kung fu. In fact, I think there’s even a capoeira GIF. But I’ve called them all “Karate GIFs” for three reasons: one, I know pretty much nothing about “martial arts”; two, “Karate Fail” just sounds better in a headline than “Martial Arts Fail”; and three, when I was growing up, you watched The Karate Kid and took karate lessons. No one took capoeira lessons, and there was no movie called “The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kid.”
In other words, “karate” is a catch-all phrase meaning basically any Asian martial art where guys go HI-YA! Is that ignorant? You bet. But when Jackie Chan was doing press junkets for the Karate Kid remake he did with Will Smith’s kid, you didn’t hear him going on and on about how, really, it should have been changed to the Kung Fu Kid, since he’s Chinese and the movie takes place in China. He just went with it. And so should you.
So without further ado, check out these hilarious karate fail GIFs. After you check them out, even if you hate me for my lack of knowledge about your particular ancient martial art, you’ll still have to admit these things made you laugh.