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Gichin Funakoshi

1868 - 1957


Gichin Funakoshi is widely considered the primary father

of modern karate due to his efforts to introduce the

Okinawan art to mainland Japan, from where it spread

to the rest of the world. Born in 1868, he began to

study karate at the age of 11, and was a student of the

two greatest masters of the time, Azato and Itosu. He grew

so proficient that he was initiated into all the major styles

of karate in Okinawa at the time. For Master Funakoshi,

the word karate eventually took on a deeper and broader

meaning through the synthesis of these many methods,

becoming karate-do, literally the way of  karate, or of

the empty hand. Training in karate-do became an education

for life itself. Master Funakoshi was the first expert to introduce

karate-do to mainland Japan. In 1916 he gave a demonstration

to the Butokuden in Kyoto, Japan, which at that time was the

official center of all martial arts. On March 6, 1921, the Crown

Prince, who was later to become the Emperor of Japan, visited

Okinawa and Master Funakoshi was asked to demonstrate karate.

In the early spring of 1922 Master Funakoshi traveled to Tokyo

to present his art at the First National Athletic Exhibition in Tokyo

organized by the Ministry of Education. He was strongly urged by

several eminent groups and individuals to remain in Japan, and

indeed he never did return to Okinawa. Master Funakoshi

taught only one method, a total discipline, which represented

a synthesis of Okinawan karate styles. This method became

known as Shotokan, literally the clan or the house of Shoto,

which was the Masters pen name for his poetry, denoting

the sound of the wind blowing through pines.





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