Master Gichin Funakoshi
Master Gigo Funakoshi
Master Tomosaburo Okano
Master Toyotaro Miyazaki
1868 Master Gichin Funakoshi Shoto as he was known, was born in Naha Okinawa and as a young child began learning To-di from Master Anko Azato of Naha and Master Anko Itosu of Shuri. Masters Asato and Itosu were disciples of the great Okinawan Martial Artist, Sokon Matsumura who was himself a disciple of Kanga Sakugawa and three Chinese Military attaches, Wai shin Zan, Ason and Iwah.
1917 Master Funakoshi performed the first public demonstration of Karate outside of Okinawa at the Butokuden Martial art center in Kyoto Japan.
1921 Master Funakoshi demonstrated Karate at Okinawa’s Shuri castle for Hirohito the Crown Prince of Japan. The Prince ( Future Emperor of Japan) was so impressed that he wanted the art to be introduce to Mainland Japan.
1922 The Master moved to Japan and permanently settle down in Koishikawa Tokyo and started teaching at the Meisei juku (dormitory for Okinawan Students).
1922 Master Funakoshi performed public Karate demonstrations in Tokyo and introduced the Okinawan art to the general public.
1922 Master Tomosaburo Okano was born in Hachioji-shi Tokyo, Japan. Later Master Okano was designated a living national treasure for karate by the Japanese government.
Master Tomosaburo Okano History
1922 Master Funakoshi wrote the first textbook on Karate called Ryukyu kempo To-di (meaning, Okinawan fist method China hand).
1924 Master Funakoshi started to teach at Keio University karate club and later many other University karate clubs were formed.
1925 Master Funakoshi wrote Rentan Goshin To-di jitsu (meaning, physical fitness self-defense China hand art).
1929 Master Funakoshi change the name of his martial art to Karate-do (way of the Empty hand).
1935 Master Funakoshi wrote karate-do Kyohan, using the new term for karate (meaning, way of the empty hand, master text).
1936 Master Gichin Funakoshi with the help of his students formed the Dai Nihon Karate-do Shotokai meaning Great Japan empty hand way pine wave association .
1936 Master Funakoshi became the founding Kaicho president and Shihan Master Instructor of the association and Gigo Funakoshi also known as Yoshitaka Funakoshi became the Shihan-dai assistant to the Master .
1939 With the help of the Dai Nihon Karate-do Shotokai members, funds was raise to built the karate dojo of Master Funakoshi. The dojo was call the Shotokan (meaning pine wave building), The dojo was built next to his home in Mejiro Tokyo, (formally inaugurated on January 29, 1939). The style of karate became known as Shotokan ryu.
1941 Master Tomosaburo Okano started karate At 19 years old with Mister Toshio Igarashi, a member of the Pine Wave School.
1942 Mister Igarashi brought and introduced Master Okano to the Shotokan dojo and became a direct student of Master Gichin Funakoshi and his third son, Master Gigo Funakoshi.
1942 On October 10th, Master Okano with the help of Misters Suzuki Shinjo, Kaneko Isamu and Takagi Yoshitomo, established the KenkoKai Karate-Bu a karate research club in Hachioji-shi Tokyo.
1943 Master Funakoshi wrote Karate-do Nyumon (meaning, enter the door to way of the empty hand).
1944 On September 25th, Master Toyotaro Miyazaki was born in Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan.
1945 On April 29th the Shotokan Dojo was destroy during the air raid over Toyko.
1945 On November 24th, Master Gigo Funakoshi died of a long illness. He was 39 years old.
1945 Master Okano returned from the air force and revived the KenkoKai Karate-Bu after the war.
1948 The kenkokai Karate-bu change it’s name to the Kenkojuku Dojo. The Kenkojuku Budokan was established at the present location in Minamimachi.
1959 Master Toyotaro Miyazaki joined the Kenkojuku dojo and became a top student of Master Okano.
1967 Master Miyazaki came to America and started teaching the original style of Shotokan. He settle down in New York City area and became the Head instructor of the USA Kenkojuku Shotokan Karate-do Association. He later founded the Japan Karate-do USA Shotokai Karate-do Association and now supervises the International Shotokai Karate-do Federation.
2001 On September 23rd, Master Tomosaburo Okano celebrated his 60th anniversary in Karate.
2003 Master Tomosaburo Okano passed away on July 19th at the age of 81.
Master Miyazaki presided over the International Shotokai Federation Blackbelt Promotion at Shotojuku on January 19, 2014. Aidan Lok was among those promoted on that day.