Culture: The characteristics and features shared by people in a place or time. From the Latin, colere - to cultivate and nurture. The verb used in the above definition is "shared," meaning freely given and received; something those people then have in common. A century or two ago, the karate community was quite small: A handful of Okinawan villages with a handful of masters, each teaching just a handful of students. That community shared geography, bushido tradition, history and social standing - very homogenous with a lot in common. Not so today. There are many schools in many places teaching many and diverse students. So, is there a "karate culture" today?