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.