NEW YORK — Karate is a tradition that goes back more than 2,000 years.
It’s not new to Japan, where the traditional style was introduced in the early 19th century and spread to the United States.
But this week, some women in New York City were getting a lot more serious with the rules, as part of a new initiative called “Karate Women.”
“This is the first time in history that we’ve actually gone out and put in place the kind of strict guidelines that we have to the karate world,” said Karen Lauer, a former New York state karate instructor who has been teaching karate since 1992.
Lauer and her wife have been teaching the art for three years.
They’ve put in a new rule that will require women in karate to wear an all-black, all-blonde or a dark blue karate costume and not to wear makeup.
They’re also not allowed to go out on a date without a karate partner.
“We are in the first generation where women can be involved in karezza,” said Lauer.
But Lauer said that the rules don’t take into account women’s history.
It’s not just the color of their costumes.
It is also what type of training they are getting from the instructors, Lauer told NBC News.
There are also a lot of women who will not be able to do karezu classes because of the dress code, Lauers said.
In addition, women who want to learn karate are required to wear a special karate uniform with a white, alligator or karate-style helmet, according to Lauer’s website.
New York City’s karate instructors say that they’ve found that karate is a great way to train a woman who wants to become a professional fighter, but that it also helps women stay physically fit and healthy.
Karate is also becoming more popular in other countries around the world.
In 2016, more than 4.5 million women worldwide participated in karaoke classes, according the karaoking industry website karateonline.com.
Karate classes have been on the rise in some other countries.
Last year, women in India and Brazil began using the sport in a similar way to karate, according for Reuters.
The International Karate Federation in Japan also is launching a new women’s competition in January in Japan.
But the rules are changing, Laeber said.
The rules are a step in the right direction for karate and women, Laimer said.
But Lauer said that she doesn’t believe karate will change overnight.
We have to change from a cultural standpoint, she said.
And that’s the only way we can change the culture.