Karateka・空手家

Karate Jutsu 1925

大城賢雄「鬼」Ufugusuku ‘Ōshiro’ Kenyu “Uni”

1430’s – 1469

He was an attendant to princess Momoto Fumiagari before marrying her. 

Styles: Kenjutsu, Bōjutsu, Unarmed Ryūkyū Martial arts


城間清豊「自了」Gusukuma Seihō “Jiryō”

11/19/1614 – 11/17/1644

Chinese name: Qin Kesheng 欽可聖

He was the son of Kin Tokuki (Gusukuma Seishin Pēchin) from Shuri, and mother Omo-otogane.

He was an official royal court painter for the Ryūkyū Kingdom.

He was a renowned painter, calligrapher, and sculptor.

Style: Kobudō: Yaribō. (Staff used as a spear considered the origin of Bōjutsu).


蔡肇功(湖城)親方 Sai Chōkō (Kugusuku, Kōjo) Uekata

1656 – 1737

Born in Fujian Province, China

A government official of Kume, and “Official of Almanacs.”

The Kugusuku family name was originally the Sai (蔡) family and is one of the original 36 Chinese families that came to Okinawa in 1372. The families were from the valley of the Min River in Fujian Province, China. The 36 families established themselves in Kumemura, Naha.


公相君 クーシャンクー(全魁)Kūshankū (Quán Kuí)

1670’s – 1762

Born in Manchuria

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Kūshankū was Quán Kuí. Quán Kuí was a Chinese diplomat who led the 1756-1757 Chinese investiture mission to the Kingdom of Ryūkyū. Evidently, several members of the mission had started fights while in Ryūkyū. He “demonstrated” some martial arts techniques described as Kumiai-jutsu 組合術, where he grabbed the lapel of his opponent and scissored his opponent’s legs.

Styles: Some form of grappling described as “Kumiai-jutsu 組合術 like the Kenpo of the Wubeizhi.”


北谷屋良 Chatan Yara

1668 – 1756

Born in Chatan-chō, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Styles: Unarmed martial arts, Kobudō: Bōjutsu, Saijutsu


高原親雲上 Takahara Pēchin

1683 – 1760

Born in Akata-chō, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

He was a Royal Bodyguard to the King of the Ryūkyū Kingdom.


潮平親雲上 Shiohira Pēchin

1710 – ?

He dictated tales of the Ryūkyū Kingdom to Tobe Yoshihiro 戸部良煕, a Confucian scholar, and from this, the Ōshima Hikki 大島筆記 was born.


阿嘉親雲上直識 Aka Chōkushiki Pēchin

1721-1784

Styles: Jigen-ryū Kenjutsu, Unarmed Ryūkyū Martial arts: Karamudō 唐武道


比嘉親雲上「マチュー ヒジャー」Higa “Machuu Hija” ‘Matsuhiga’ Pēchin

1760 – 1840

He was a Royal Bodyguard to the King of the Ryūkyū Kingdom.

Styles: Kobudō, Unarmed Ryūkyū Martial arts


真壁 朝顕 Makabe Chōken Okina

1769 – 1824(5)

Born in the Ryūkyū Kingdom

Chinese name: Koubunlín 向文琳

Childhood name: Umijiru 思次良

He was the fourth son of Makabe Aji Chougi.

Style: Ti 手(ティー、ティ)


宜野湾殿内 Ginowan Donchi

1770 – 1842

Style: Kobudō


佐久川親雲上寛賀「唐手」Sakugawa Kanga “Tōdī” Chikudun Pēchin

1786 – 1867

Born in Akata, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Childhood name: Teruya Kanga 照屋 寛賀

He was the Ninth Generation descendant of Urazoe Uekata Kuan’an, from the Eki Clan.

Teacher: Iwah

Styles: Kobudō, Tōdī 唐手(トーディー)


知念筑登之親雲上可那(油屋山城)Chinen Yamagusuku (Aburaya Yamaki) Pēchin

1797 – 1881

He was a Royal Bodyguard to the King of the Ryūkyū Kingdom.

He was the Father of Chinen Sanda.

Style: Kobudō


宗久嘉隆 Uku Giko ‘Karyū’

1800 – 1850

Style: Tomari-te 泊手


照屋規箴 Teruya Kise ‘Kishin”

1804 – 1864

Teacher: Uku Karyū

Style: Tomari-te


松村宗棍 Matsumura Sōkon

1809 – 1899

Born in Yamagawa, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Chinese name: Bu Seitatsu 武成達

Aliases: Unyu, and Takenaga 雲勇、武長

He was a Royal Bodyguard to the last three Kings of the Ryūkyū Kingdom.

Teachers: Sakugawa, Iwah, Lord Yabiku & Ijūin Yashichirō: Jigen-ryū Kenjutsu

Styles: Shuri-te 首里手, Jigen-ryū Kenjutsu, Kobudō


多和田親雲上真睦(多和田ぬメーガントウ―)Tawada Shinboku “Meigantu” Pēchin

1814 – 1884

Born in Torihori, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

He was a Royal Bodyguard to King Shō Tai of the Ryūkyū Kingdom.

Teacher: Matsumura Sōkon

Styles: Shuri-te, Kobudō (famous for his Saijutsu, and Bōjutsu)


与那嶺ツル Yonamine Chiru (Tsuru)

1800’s

Wife of Matsumura Sōkon.


板良敷親雲上朝忠(牧志)Itarashiki Chōchū (Makishi) Pēchin

1818 – 7/19/1862 or 8/14/1862

Born in Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

He was head of the Ryūkyū kingdom’s diplomatic exchanges with western countries.

Itarashiki spoke Okinawan, Japanese, Mandarin, and English.

Teacher: Matsumura Sōkon

Styles: Jigen-ryū Kenjutsu, Shuri-te


仲井間憲里 Nakaima Kenri (Norisato)

12/11/1819 – 3/14/1879

Born in Kume, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Founder of Ryuei-ryū 劉衛流


崎山喜徳「タルー」Sakiyama Kitoku

1821 – 1904

Born in Wakuta, Naha, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Teacher: Ason

Traveled to China with Nakaima Kenri (Norisato)


親泊興寛 Oyadomari Kokan

1827 – 1905

Teachers: Uku Karyū, & Teruya Kishin

Other Influences: Castaway from Fuzhou Annan

Style: Tomari-te


安里安恒 Asato Ankō (Azato Yasutsune)

1827 – 1906

Born in Asato, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Penname: Rinkakusai 麟角斎

He was the Advisor to the last King of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, King Shō Tai.

Teachers: Matsumura Sōkon, Mekata: Horsemanship, Sekiguchi: Archery, Ijūin Yashichirō: Jigen-ryū Kenjutsu

Styles: Shuri-te, Archery, Jigen-ryū Kenjutsu


松茂良興作 Matsumora Kōsaku

1829 – 1928

Born in Tomari, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Chinese name: Yuikuān 雍唯寛(ゆういかん)

Childhood name: Tarugani 樽金

Teachers: Uku Karyū, & Teruya Kishin

Other Influences: Castaway from Fuzhou Annan

Styles: Tomari-te, Jigen-ryū Kenjutsu


義村御殿朝明 Yoshimura ‘Udun’ Chōmei

10/27/1830 – 1/9/1898

Chinese name: Sho Shirei 向志禮

He was the father of Yoshimura Chōgi.


糸洲安恒 Itosu Ankō

1831 – 3/11/1915

Born in Gibo, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

He was the Personal Secretary to the last King of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, King Shō Tai.

He wrote his “10 Teachings” for the Okinawan school systems in 1908.

Teachers: Matsumura Sōkon, Nagahama Chikudun, & Gusukuma

Styles: Shuri-te, Tomari-te


湖城 以正 Kugusuku (Kōjo) Isei

1832 – 1891

Teacher: Iwah

Styles: Spear, Archery, Kōjo-ryū 湖城流


石嶺筑登之親雲上 Ishimine Pēchin

1835 – 1889

He was a Royal Bodyguard to the King of the Ryūkyū Kingdom.

Teachers: Matsumura Sōkon, Gushi Pēchin

Style: Kobudō, Shuri-te


真栄田親雲上 Maeda Pēchin

Teacher: Matsumora Kōsaku

Style: Tomari-te


富名腰義枢(ぎすう)Funakoshi Gisū

Childhood name: Kamejyu 亀寿(かめじゅ)

He was the father of Funakoshi Gichin.

Style: Kobudō: Bōjutsu


喜屋武朝扶 Kyan Chōfu

1835 – 1889

Chinese name: Shō Ishin 向維新

Childhood name: Makamado 真蒲戸

He was the first son of Motonaga Chōyō and the Eighth Generation Motonaga.

Chōfu was adopted into the Kyan family.

He was a high-ranking official in the Okinawan court, and steward of King Shō Tai.

He was the father of Kyan Chōtoku.

Teacher: Matsumura Sōkon

Styles: Karate, Kenjutsu, Tegumi, other martial arts


山田義恵 Yamada (Yamasato) Gikei

1835 – 1905

Teachers: Uku Karyū, & Teruya Kishin

Other Influences: Castaway from Fuzhou Annan

Style: Tomari-te


湖城大禎 Kugusuku (Kōjo) Taitei

1838 – 1917

Teacher: Iwah

Style: Kōjo-ryu 湖城流


新垣世璋 親雲上「猫」(マヤー)Aragaki Seishō Pēchin  “Maya”

1840 – 1918

Born in the Ryūkyū Kingdom

Teachers: Yabu Pēchin, Wai Xinxian

Styles: Tōdi 唐手, Kobudō


知念真三良 Chinen Masanrah

1840 – 1922

Style: Kobudō (famous for his Jūkenjutsu: Bayonet fencing)

Founder of Yamane-ryū Bōjutsu 山根流棒術


金城真三良(三良)「ウフチク」大筑 Kanagusuku Shinsaburo (Sanda) ‘Kinjo’ “Ufuchiku”

1841 – 1921

Style: Kobudō (famous for his Saijutsu)

Founder of Uhuchiku-ryū ウフチク流


喜友名親雲上 Kiyuna Taro Pēchin

1845 – 1920

Born in Ōnaka, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

He was the Guardian of the Royal Mausoleum of Ryūkyū.

Teacher: Matsumura Sōkon

Matsumura: Passai


知念三良「山の前のウスメー」(ヤマヌメー)Chinen Sanda “Yama-no-me-no-Usume”

1846 – 1928

He was the son of Chinen Yamagusuku Pēchin, & father of Chinen Masami.

Style: Kobudō: Bōjutsu


知花朝章 Chibana Chōshō

1847 – 1927

He was the uncle of Chibana Chōshin.

He was the district mayor of Shuri.

Teacher: Matsumura Sōkon


国吉真吉「クニシ」Kuniyoshi ‘Kunishi’ Shinkichi

1848 – 1926

Born in Kumoji, Naha, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Teacher: Sakiyama Kitoku


末吉 仁王 Sueyoshi Jino

1848 – 1920

Style: Kobudō: Bōjutsu


湖城 嘉宝湖城のウメ一Kōjo Kahō “Kogusuku no Umē”

1849 – 1925

Styles: Kōjo-ryū, bōjutsu, and jōjutsu


東恩納寛裕(比嘉西の東恩納)Higaonna ‘Higashionna’ Kanyu

1849 – 1922

He was the cousin of Higaonna Kanryō.

Known as Higaonna of the East.

Teachers: Rū Rū Kou, Wai Xinxian

Style: Naha-te 那覇手


谢宗祥「ルールーコウ」Xie Zongxiang “Rū Rū Kou”

7/1852 – 2/1930

He was the legendary teacher of  Higaonna Kanryō.

Teacher: Pan Yuba 潘屿八 

Style: Fujian White Crane (Calling Crane) Boxing 鸣鹤拳 (Míng hè Quán)


東恩納寛量(東の東恩納)Higaonna ‘Higashionna’ Kanryō

3/10/1853 – 10/1915

Born in Nishimura, Naha, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Chinese name: Shèn Shàn xī 慎善煕

Childhood name: Maushi 真牛

He was the fourth son of Higaonna Kanyō.

He was the cousin of Higaonna Kanyu.

Known as Higaonna of the West.

Teachers: Rū Rū Kou, Wai Xinxian

Style: Naha-te 那覇手


仲井間憲孝 Nakaima Kenchu (Noritada)

1856 – 1953

Teacher: Nakaima Kenri (Norisato)

Style: Ryuei-ryū 劉衛流


本部朝勇 Motobu Chōyū

1857 – 1928

He was the first son of Motobu Chōshin, and older brother of Motobu Chōki.

His wife was named Umimuta 思武太(うみむた)and was the fourth daughter of Oroku Uēkata Ryochu of the Ba clan.

Teachers: Motobu Chōshin, Matsumura Sōkon, Itosu Anko, & Matsumora Kōsaku

Styles: Motobu Udundi 本部御殿手, Kobudō


桑江良正 Kuwae Ryōsei

1858 – 1920

He was the last student of Matsumura Sōkon.

Matsumura Sensei sent his Precepts and the 7 Virtues of Bu to him.

Teachers: Matsumura Sōkon, Wai Xinxian


岸本祖孝 Kishimoto Sokō

1862 – 1945

Teacher: Bushi Tachimura

Styles: Shuri-te, Kobudō: Saijutsu, Bōjutsu


義村按司 朝義 Yoshimura ‘Aji’ Chōgi

11/4/1866 – 3/14/1945

Born in the Ryūkyū Kingdom. He grew up in Shuri, Akabira.

Chinese name: Sho Meitoku 向明德

Nickname: Jinsai

He was as a royal guard with Matsumura Sōkon at the Southern Parks of Nan-en and Shikina-en.

Teachers: His father Yoshimura Chōmei, Ishimine, Matsumura Sōkon, Higaonna Kanryō, & Makiya Ke: Bajutsu

Styles: Kara-te 唐手, Kobudō, Jigen-ryū Kenjutsu, Bajutsu (Horsemanship), Kyūdō

Ishimine: Naifanchi, Passai

Matsumura: Usēshi (Gojūshiho), Kūsankū, Rokushaku-bō, Jigen-ryū Kenjutsu

Higaonna: Sanchin, Pechūrin (Sūpārinpē)

Makiya: Bajutsu (yabusame), Kyūdō


屋部憲通 Yabu Kentsū

9/23/1866 – 8/27/1937

Born in Yamagawa, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

His wife’s name was Kainu かいぬ

He lived in California from 1919-1927.

He gave demonstrations and taught karate in Hawaii in 1927.

Teachers: Matsumura Sōkon, & Itosu Anko

Style: Shuri-te/Shorin-ryū


冨名腰(船越)義珍「松濤」Funakoshi Gichin “Shōto”

11/10/1868 – 4/26/1957

Born in Yamagawa, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Chinese name: Yōjini 容宜仁(ヨージニ)

Childhood name: Umikami 思亀(ウミカミ)

Penname: Shōtō 松濤

His wife’s name was Gosei ごせい

In 1902-1906 he gave the first public demonstrations of karate.

He organized a team of karate practitioners who performed between 1914-1915.

In 1917 he demonstrated karate in Kyoto, Japan.

In 1921 he led a demonstration at Shuri Castle for Prince Hirohito, who was visiting Okinawa.

In 1922 he demonstrated karate at the Kodokan, and for the Exercise and Physical Education Exhibition at Tokyo Women’s Teachers College.

He was awarded the title of Tasshi from the Butokukai in 1943.

Teachers: Asato Ankō, Itosu Ankō& Matsumura Sōkon

Other Influences: Kiyuna Taro, Aragaki Seishō, Higaonna of Naha (Kanryō)

Founder of Shotokan 松濤館 (Named by students in honor of Funakoshi Sensei)


花城長茂 Hanagusuku Chomu (Hanashiro Chōmo)

6/18/1869 – 1945

Born in Yamagawa, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Chinese name: Min Zōsei 明増盛

Childhood name: Masanrā 眞三良

He was the third son of Hanagusuku Chōkō and mother Magosei from the Kyo-clan.

He was the first to write 空手 “Empty Hand” for Karate in 1905, Karate Kumite 空手組手.

He was a soldier and taught Physical Education and Karate at Shuri Middle School.

Teacher: Itosu Ankō

Style: Shorin-ryū


本部朝基 Motobu Chōki

4/5/1870 – 4/15/1944

Born in Akahira, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

He was the third son of Motobu Chōshin, & younger brother of Motobu Chōyū.

Teachers: Itosu Ankō, Matsumora Kōsaku, Sakuma Pēchin, & Matsumura Sōkon

Styles: Motobu Udundi, Motobu-ryū Kenpo 本部流拳法

Matsumora: Naihanchi, & Passai

Itosu: Naihanchi


喜屋武朝徳「目小」(チヤンミーグヮー)Kyan Chōtoku

12/1870 – 9/20/1945

Born in Gibo, Shuri, Ryūkyū Kingdom

He was the third son of Kyan Chōfu, and cousin of Motobu Chōki.

Teachers: Matsumora Kōsaku, Oyadomari Kokan, Maeda Pēchin, Yara Matsumura Sōkon

Styles: Shorin-ryū: Tomari-te, Shuri-te. Tegumi: Kyan Chōfu (his father)

Chatan Yara: Kūsankū


伊波興達 Iha Kōtatsu

6/21/1873 – 1928

Born in the Ryūkyū Kingdom

He was the fourth son of Iha Kōboku 興睦 and mother Umitu 思戸 from the Kan-clan 咸氏.

Chinese name: Yō Eishō 雍永彰

Childhood name: Tarugani 樽金

Teacher: Matsumora Kōsaku

Style: Tomari-te


上地完文 Uechi Kanbun

5/5/1877 – 11/25/1948

Born in Izumi Village, Ryūkyū Kingdom

Teacher: Zhou Zi He (Shu Shi Wa)

Other Influences: Kōjo, & Go Kenki

Founder of Pangai Noon 半硬軟


知花朝信 Chibana Chosin (Chōshin)

6/5/1885 – 2/26/1968

Born in Torihori, Shuri, Okinawa (presently Naha City, Shuri Tori-Hori Town)

Brother-in-law to Tawada Shinboku

Teachers: Itosu Ankō, & Tawada Shinboku

Founder of Shorin-ryū (Kobayashi-ryu is incorrect) 小林流


呉賢貴 Go Kenki (Wú Xián Guì)

1886 – 1940

Born in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China

Style: Fujian White Crane Míng Hè Quán Whooping Crane Boxing 鳴鶴拳


徳田安文 Tokuda Anbun

1886 – 1945

Born in Sakiyama, Shuri, Okinawa

One of the original seven to first be awarded dan ranks (Nidan) from Funakoshi Gichin in 1924.

Teachers: Itosu Ankō, Yabu Kentsu, & Funakoshi Gichin


許田重発 Kyoda Juhatsu

12/5/1887 – 8/31/1968

Kyoda’s mother was a relative of Higaonna Kanryō.

Teachers: Higaonna Kanryō, & Higaonna Kanyū

Other Influences: Yabu Kentsu

Founder of Tōon-ryū 東恩流


大城朝恕 Ōshiro Chōjō

1888 – 1939

Born in Ounaka, Shuri, Okinawa

Teachers: Chinen Sanda, Itosu Ankō

Styles: Yamanni-ryū Kobudō: Bōjutsu, Shuri-te


又吉眞光 Matayoshi Shinko

1888 – 1947

Teachers: Agena Shokuho, Irie, Kingai Roshi

Other Influences: Fuzhou Chuan-fa, & Chinese weapon arts

Founder of Kingai-ryū Matayoshi Kobudō 金硬流唐手沖縄古武術


宮城長順 Miyagusuku (Miyagi) Chōjun

4/25/1888 – 10/8/1953

Born in Higashimachi, Naha City, Okinawa, Japan

He taught Karate at Naha Police Academy and Naha Commercial High School in 1929.

By invitation of the Yōkoku Times, he traveled to Hawaii to teach karate in 1934.

He was awarded the title of Kyoshi from the Butokukai in 1937.

He was nominated to head instructor of the Okinawa Prefecture Teacher’s College in 1938.

Teacher: Higaonna Kanryō

Other Influences: Fukien Chuan-fa

Founder of Gōjū-ryū 剛柔流


遠山寛賢 Tōyama Kanken

9/24/1888 – 11/24/1966

Born in Shuri, Okinawa

Teachers: Itosu Ankō, Higaonna Kanryō, & Arakaki Ankichi

Other Influences: Chinese Chuan-fa, Chen Fong Tai: Taipei, & Lim Tun Tong: Taichung

Founder of Shudokan 修道館 (Toyama Sensei did not claim to originate a new style of Karate)


摩文仁賢和 Mabuni Kenwa

11/14/1889 – 5/23/1952

Born in Shuri, Okinawa

Mabuni Sensei was a descendant of Ufugusuku Uni.

He traveled with Konishi Yasuhiro to meet Uechi Kanbun in Wakayama in 1925.

He moved to Osaka in 1929.

He was awarded the title of Tasshi from the Butokukai in 1943.

Teachers: Itosu Ankō, Higaonna Kanryō, Gusukuma, & Aragaki Seishō

Other Influences: Go Kenki

Founder of Shitō-ryū 糸東流


祖堅方範 Soken Hōhan

5/25/1891 – 11/30/1982

Born in Gaja, Nishihara, Okinawa

He was the self-proclaimed nephew of Matsumura Nabe.

Teachers: Matsumura Family

Founder of Matsumura Seito Shorin-ryu 松村正統少林流


城間真繁 Gusukuma Shinpan ‘Shiroma’

1890 – 1954

Born in Taira-cho, Shuri, Okinawa

Teachers: Itosu Ankō, & Higaonna Kanryō

Co-founder of Shitō-ryū in Okinawa 糸東流


仲宗根正侑 Nakasone Seiyu

1890 – 1980

Teachers: Iha Kōtatsu, Miyagi Chōjun

Styles: Tomari-te, Gōjū-ryū


中村茂 Nakamura Shigeru

1891 – 1969

Born in Nago Magiri, Okinawa (present-day Kunigami-gun, Nago-cho)

Teachers: Nakamura Tei’ichi, & Kuniyoshi Shinkichi

Other Influences: Itosu Ankō, & Hanashiro Chōmo

Founder of Okinawa Kenpo Karate 沖縄拳法


大塚博紀 Ōtsuka Hironori

6/1/1892 – 1/29/1982

Born in Shimodate City, Ibaraki, Japan

One of the original seven to first be awarded dan ranks from Funakoshi Gichin in 1924.

He was awarded the title of Tasshi from the Butokukai in 1941.

Teachers: Nakayama Shinzaburo: Shindō Yōshin-ryū Jujutsu, Funakoshi Gichin, Mabuni Kenwa, & Motobu Chōki

Other Influences: Ueshiba Morihei: Aikido

Styles: Shindō Yōshin-ryū Jujutsu, Wadō-ryū, Kobudō

Founder of Wado-ryu 和道流


上島三之助 Ueshima Sannosuke

1893 – 1987

Born in Akō, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

He was awarded the title of Kyoshi from the Butokukai in 1937.

Teachers: Matsubara Kiyotada Kahei: Konshin-ryu Juho-jutsu, Ueshima Sugaya: Karate

Styles: Jujutsu, Karate, Judo

Founder of Kushin-ryu 空真流


小西康裕 Konishi Yasuhiro

1893 – 1983

Born in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan

He was awarded the title of Kyoshi from the Butokukai in 1937.

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, Mabuni Kenwa, Motobu Chōki, & Miyagi Chōjun

Other Influences: Ueshiba Morihei: Aikido

Styles: Muso-ryū Jujutsu, Takenouchi-ryū, Boxing, Kendo, & Karate

Founder of Shindo Jinen-ryū 神道自然流


神谷人生 Kamiya Jinsei

1894 – 1964

Born in Kuniyoshi (now Itoman City), Okinawa 

He was a doctor of pediatrics, obstetrics, and gynecology,

Teachers: Miyagi Chojun

Styles: Gōjū-ryū, Kobudō: Bōjutsu, Ueku, Saijutsu


儀間真謹 Gima Makoto

1896 – 1989

Born in Okinawa

He performed Naihanchi Shodan at the Kodokan in Japan with Funakoshi Gichin in 1922.

One of the original seven to first be awarded dan ranks from Funakoshi Gichin in 1924.

Teachers: Itosu Ankō, Yabu Kentsu, & Funakoshi Gichin

Styles: Gima-ha Shoto-ryū 松濤流, Kobudō


前里平信賢 Maezato Taira Shinken

1897 – 1970

Born on Kume Island, Ryūkyū Archipelago

Teachers: Yabiku Moden, Funakoshi Gichin, & Mabuni Kenwa

Styles: Kobudō, Karate

Founder of Ryūkyū Kobudō Kongo-ryū 琉球古武道金剛流


兼島信助 Kaneshima Shinosuke

1897 – 1990

Born in Yonabaru, Okinawa

Teachers: Tokuyama Chogi, Gusukuma Shinpan, & Motobu Chōki

Other Influences: Chin Hando (Chuan-fa in Taiwan)

Founder of Tōzan-ryū 渡山流


藤田西湖 Fujita Seiko

8/1898 – 1/4/1966

Born in Tokyo, Japan

Styles: Karate, Koga-ryū Wada-ha Ninjutsu 甲賀流忍術


比嘉世幸 Higa Sekō

11/8/1898 – 4/16/1966

Born in Higashimachi, Naha City, Okinawa, Japan

Taught at Itoman Highschool, University of the Ryūkyūs, and Okinawa Prison.

Teacher: Higaonna Kanryō

Other Influences: Miyagi Chōjun

Style: Naha-te


知念正実 Chinen Masami

1898 – 1976

Born in Okinawa

He was the grandson of Chinen Pēchin, son of Chinen Sanda, & granduncle of Chinen Teruo.

Teacher: Chinen (Yama-no-me) Sanda

Named his family’s Kobudō style Yamanni-ryū (Bōjutsu) 山根流


千歳强直 Chitose Tsuyoshi

10/18/1898 – 1984

Born in Kumochi, Naha City, Okinawa

Childhood name: Chinen Gua 知念グヮー

Teachers: Aragaki Seishō, Higaonna, Kyan, Hanashiro, & Motobu Chōyu

Other Influences: Chinese Chuan-fa, & Chinen Sanda: Kobudō

Founder of Chito-ryū 千唐流


新垣安吉 Arakaki (Aragaki) Ankichi

1899 – 1929

Born in Shuri Akata, Naha City, Okinawa

He was the uncle of Ueshiro Ansei.

Teachers: Gusukuma (Shiroma Shinpan), Hanashiro Chōmo, Chibana Chōshin, & Kyan Chōtoku

Styles: Tomari-te, Shuri-te

Kyan: Passai, Chintō, & Kūsankū (Chatan Yara)


名嘉真朝増 Nakama Chōzō

1899 – 1982

Teachers: Chibana Chōshin, Hanashiro Chōmo, Kyan Chōtoku, Motobu, & Yabu Kentsu

Style: Shorin-ryū(小林)


國場幸盛 Kokuba Kosei

1900 – 1959

Teacher: Motobu Chōki,

Style: Ryūkyū Motobu-ha Karate-Do

Organization: Seishinkai 聖心会


上原三郎 Uehara Saburo

1900 – 1965

Teacher: Uechi Kanbun

Style: Uechi-ryū


下田武 Shimoda Takeshi

1901 – 1934

Teacher: Funakoshi Gichin

Styles: Shotokan, Ninjutsu, Kendo


新里仁安 Shinzato Jin’an

2/5/1901 – 3/3/1945

Born in Kumemura, Naha, Okinawa, Japan

He taught Karate and Judo at the Okinawa Prefectural Industrial College.

Teacher: Miyagi Chōjun

Styles: Gōjū-ryū, and Judo


小畑功 Obata Isao

1904 – 1976

Assisted Funakoshi Sensei at Takushoku, Waseda, & Shoka (Hitotsubashi) Universities.

He was chief instructor of Keio University Karate Club.

He eas the USAF SAC Instructor to Dan Ivan.

He was Chairman for the original JKA in 1948.

Teacher: Funakoshi Gichin

Other Influences: Mabuni Kenwa, & Sakagami Ryusho

Styles: Shotokan, Kyūdō


上原清吉 Uehara Seikichi

3/24/1904 – 4/3/2004

Teacher: Motobu Chōyu

Style: Motobu-ryū 本部流


山田辰雄 Yamada Tatsuo

1905 – 1967

Teachers: Motobu Chōki, & Nak Muay: Muay Thai

Styles: Karate, Muay Thai

Founder of Nihon Kenpo Karate 日本拳法空手道


安里撰行 Yasuzato (Asato) Yoriyuki

8/25/1905 – 1974

He was the grandson of Asato Ankō.

Teacher: Asato Anri

Style: Shorin-ryū(松林会)

Founder of Shobukan 尚武館


西郷吉之助 Saigo Kichinosuke

7/20/1906 – 10/12/1997

He was the grandson of the samurai Saigo Takamori 西郷 隆盛.

He was a politician and the president of the original JKA in 1948.

Teacher: Funakoshi Gichin

Style: Shotokan


船越義豪 Funakoshi Gigo “Yoshitaka

1906 – 11/24/1947

Born in Okinawa, Japan

Teacher: Funakoshi Gichin

Other Influences: Mabuni Kenwa, & Ōshiro Chōjō

Styles: Shotokai/Shotokan, Kendo, Kobudō


島袋太郎 Shimabukuro Tarō

1906 – 1980

Born in Shuri Torihori town, Naha City, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Kiyuna Pēchin, Iha Kōtatsu, Kyan Chōtoku, Tokuda, Gusukuma, Chibana, Miyagi, Yabu, Arakaki Ankichi, Go Kenki. Kobudō: Chinen Masami (Yamane-ryū), and Yabiku Mōden

Styles: Shorin-ryū, Kobudō

Iha: Wankan, Rōhai, & Wansū


조 영주 So Neichu

1907 – (2001)

Born in the Korean Empire

He was the vice-president of the original Gōjū-kai in 1950.

Teacher: Yamaguchi Gōgen

Style: Karate (Gōjū-ryū)

Organization: Gōjū-kai


이원국 Lee Won Kuk

4/13/1907 – 2/2/2002

Born in Seoul, Korean Empire

He was the first known Korean student of Karate.

He introduced Karate (공수도, 空手道) to Korea.

Styles: Chuo University Shotokan, Tang Soo Do, Taekwondo, Taekkyon 

Organization: Chung Do Kwan 청도관 (靑濤館)


久高政祺 幸利 Hisataka Masayoshi Kōri

4/22/1907 – 8/14/1988

Born in Shuri, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Kyan Chōtoku, & Kanagusuku Sanda

Styles: Shorinji-ryū, Kendo, Judo

Organization: Shorinji-ryū Kenkokan 少林寺流拳行館


長嶺将真 Nagamine Shōshin

7/15/1907 – 11/2/1997

Born in Tomari-son, Naha City, Okinawa, Japan

His parents were Shoho (father) and Gozei (mother).

He served as a policeman with the Kadena Police Station, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Taira Police Station, Naha Police Office, and Motobu Police Station.

He popularized the proverb Kisshu Bushin 鬼手佛心 “Buddha heart, Demon hand.”

Teachers: Shimabukuro Taro, Arakaki Ankichi, Kyan Chōtoku, Iha Kōtatsu, & Motobu Chōki

Styles: Matsubayashi-ryū, & Kendo

Other Influences: Zen Meditation: Sakiyama Sogen Roshi of Enkakuji

Founder of Matsubayashi-ryū (Tomari-te) 松林流小林流

Arakaki: Passai, Chintō, & Kūsankū
Kyan: Passai, Chintō, & Kūsankū
Shimabukuro: Passai, Chintō, & Kūsankū
Iha: Passai, Chintō, Wankan, Rōhai, & Wanshū
Motobu: Seven kumite kata


新城清良 Shinjō Seiryo

6/10/1908 – 3/5/1976

Born on Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

He was the son of Shinjō Seisan, and the father of Shinjō Seiyu.

Teacher: Uechi Kanbun

Style: Pangainoon (Uechi-ryū)


島袋「龍夫」真吉 Shimabuku(ro) ‘Tatsuo’ Shinkichi

9/19/1908 – 5/30/1975

Born in Kyan (Chan), Okinawa, Japan

He was the older brother of Shimabuku Eizo.

Teachers: Kyan Chōtoku, Miyagi Chōjun, Motobu Chōki, & Taira Shinken

Other Influences: His uncle Chan Kamasu

Styles: Karate, Kobudō: Bōjutsu, Saijutsu

Founder of Isshin-ryu 一心流


島袋善良 Shimabukuro Zenryō

11/14/1909 – 10/14/1969

Born in Shuri, Okinawa, Japan

Teacher: Kyan Chōtoku

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Seibukan 国際沖縄少林流聖武館空手道協会

Founder of Shorin-ryū Seibukan 聖武館


山口「剛玄」好 Yamaguchi “Gōgen” Yoshimi

1/21/1909 – 5/20/1989

Born in Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

Teachers: Murata Takeo, Yogi Jitsu’ei, & Miyagi Chōjun

Styles: Kendo, Gōjū-ryū

Co-Founder of Gōjū-kai 剛柔会


比嘉佑直 Higa Yūchoku

2/4/1910 – 11/6/1994

Born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Shiroma Jiro, Chibana Chōshin, & Shinzato Jin’an

Other Influences: Gōjū-ryū

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Kyudōkan 究道館


上地完英 Uechi Kanei

6/26/1911 – 2/23/1991

He was the oldest son of Uechi Kanbun.

Teacher: Uechi Kanbun

Style: Uechi-ryū 上地流


仲井間憲里 Nakaima Kenko (Noritaka)

12/23/1911 – 9/21/1989

He was a principal of elementary and middle schools in Okinawa.

Teacher: Nakaima Kenchu (Noritada)

Styles: Ryuei-ryū, Kendo


八木明徳 Yagi Meitoku

3/6/1912 – 2/7/2003

Born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Teacher: Miyagi Chōjun

Style: Gōjū-ryū

Organization: Meibukan 明武舘


江上茂 Egami Shigeru

12/7/1912 – 1/8/1981

Born in Ōmuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

He was chief instructor at Gakushuin, Toho, & Chuo Universities.

Teacher: Funakoshi Gichin

Style: Shotokai (Shotokan-ryū)

Organization: Dai Nihon Karate-do Shotokai 松濤会


広西元信 Hironishi  (Motonobu) Genshin

1913 – 1999

Born in Kyoto, Japan

He was chief instructor of Chuo University Karate Club.

He was president of the Shotokai from 1962-1995.

Wrote the book 目でみる空手入門 (1955年)

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, & Funakoshi Gigo

Style: Shotokai


中山正敏 Nakayama Masatoshi

4/13/1913 – 4/15/1987

Born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

He graduated from Takushoku University in 1937.

He became Chief Instructor for the reconstituted JKA in 1955.

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, & Funakoshi Gigo

Other Influences: Mabuni Kenwa, & Chinese Chuan-fa

Styles: JKA Shotokan, Kendo

Organization: JKA 日本空手協会


堀口恒男「ピストン堀口」「拳聖」”Piston Horiguchi” Tsuneo “Kensei”

10/7/1914 – 10/24/1950

Born in Tochigi Prefecture, Kanto Region, Japan

Professional Japanese featherweight Boxer from 1933 to 1950, winning two Japanese titles.

Teachers: Yamagata Takayuki: Boxing, Motobu Chōki: Karate, Ueshiba Morihei: Aikido

Styles: Judo, Boxing, Karate, Kendo, Aikido


坂上隆祥 Sakagami Ryusho

1915 – 1993

Born in Kawanishi, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

Teacher: Mabuni Kenwa

Styles: Shitō-ryū, Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū Iaido, Jōdō 杖道

Organization: Itosu-ryū (Itosukai) 糸洲流(糸洲会)


糸数盛喜 Itokazu Seiki

11/20/1915 – 7/16/2006

Born in Nishihara, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Kyan Chōtoku, Uechi Kanbun, & Uechi Kanei

Style: Pangai Noon (Uechi-ryū) renamed to Kōnan-ryū

Founder of Kōnan-ryū 沖縄硬難流空手道協会


渡口政吉 Toguchi Seikichi

5/20/1917 – 8/31/1998

Born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Higa Sekō, & Miyagi Chōjun

Style: Gōjū-ryū

Organization: Shoreikan 尚礼館


摩文仁賢榮 Mabuni Kenei

2/13/1918

Born in Shuri, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Mabuni Kenwa

Other Influences: Miyagi, Funakoshi, Konishi, & Motobu

Style: Shitō-ryū

Organizations: Shitokai 糸東会 & 日本空手道会


宮平勝哉 Miyahira Katsuya

8/16/1918 – 11/28/2010

Born in Nishihara, Okinawa, Japan

Teacher: Chibana Chōshin

Other Influences: Motobu Chōki, & Tokuda Anbun

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Shidokan 志道館


최홍희 Choi Hong Hi

11/9/1918 – 6/15/2002

Born in Hwadae, Myongchon County, North Hamgyong Province, Japanese Korea

Teachers: Han Il Dong: Taekkyon, Kim Hyun Soo: Shotokan, Chuo University Shotokan

Styles: Taekkyon, Shotokan, Taekwondo

Founder of Taekwon-Do 태권도 (跆拳道)

Organization: Oh Do Kwan 오도관 (吾道館)


金城裕 Kinjo Hiroshi

1919 – 10/10/2013

Born in Shuri, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Hanashiro Chomo, Chinen Sanda, Ōshiro Chōjō, Tokuda Anbun, Maeshiro Chōtoku, Okuzato Shogen

Organization: Renbukai 全日本空手道連盟錬武会


뢰븅직 Ro Byung-jick

7/3/1919

Born in Kaesung City, Korea

Teacher: Tokyo University Shotokan

Styles: Shotokan, Taekwondo

Organization: Song Moo Kwan 송무관 (松武館)


福地済幸 Fukuchi Seko

8/4/1919 – 7/18/1975

Born in Nishihara, Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Teacher: Higa Seko

Styles: Gōjū-ryū, Kobudō, Chinese Boxing


仲里周五郎 Nakazato Shūgorō

8/14/1919

Born in Shuri, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Iju Seiichi: Gusukuma Shitō-ryū, Chibana Chōshin, Tonaki Seiro: Kobudō, Chinen Masami: Yammani-ryū

Styles: Shorin-ryū, Kobudō, Yammani-ryū Kobudō

Organization: Shōrinkan 小林館


伊藤公夫 Itō Kimio

1919

Director of Administration for the original JKA in 1948

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, & Saeki Tatsuo (Hosei University)

Style: JKA Shotokan


윤병인 Yoon Byung-in

5/18/1920 – 4/3/1983

Born in Fengtian, China

Teachers: Unnamed Mongolian Chuan-fa practitioner in Manchuria, Tōyama Kanken

Styles: Chuan-fa, Shudokan, Staff

Organization: Kwon Bop Kong Soo Do 권법공수도 (拳法空手道) 권법무 now known as Chang Moo Kwan


上間上輝 Uema Jyoki

6/13/1920 – 7/20/2011

Born in Shuri, Naha City, Okinawa

Teachers: His Grandfather, Chibana Choshin, & Gusukuma Shinpan. Kobudō: Uezato Chuei

Other Influences: Kyan Chōtoku, Shimabukuro Taro

Styles: Shorin-ryū, Kobudō

Organization: Okinawa Shorin-ryū Karatedo Association Shubukan 守武館


谷長治郎 Tani Chōjirō

1921 – 1998

Born in Kobe, Japan

Teachers: Miyagi Chōjun, & Mabuni Kenwa

Styles: Tani-ha Shitō-ryū, Gōjū-ryū

Organization: Shukokai 修交会


比嘉清徳 Higa Seitoku

1921 – 2006

Born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Kishimoto (Kijun, then Sokō), Tōyama, Chibana, & Nakama Chōzō

Other Influences: Nakamura Shigeru, Uehara Seikichi, & Chōtoku (Sento-ryū)

Styles: Bugeikan-ryū, Kobudō, Di

Organization: Bugeikan 武芸館

Founder of KishimotoDi 岸本手


又吉眞豊 Matayoshi Shinpo

12/27/1921 – 1997

Born in Yomitan, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Matayoshi Shinko, Go Kenki

Styles: Kobudō, Karate, Fujian Chuan-fa

Organization: Matayoshi Kobudō 又吉古武道


宮里栄一 Miyazato Eiichi

7/5/1922 – 12/11/1999

Born in Higashi-machi, Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: His father introduced him to Karate, & Miyagi Chōjun

Styles: Gōjū-ryū, Judo

Organization: Jundokan 順道館


岡野友三郎 Okano Tomosaburo

1922 – 2003

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, & Funakoshi Gigo

Style: Shotokan

Organization: Kenkojuku Karate Association 謙交塾


仲里常延 Nakazato Joen

1922 – 2010

Teacher: Kyan Chōtoku

Style: Shorinji-ryu 少林寺流


多田正剛 Tada Seigo

1922 – 1997

Teachers: Miyagi Chōjun, & Ching Lou (Chinese Chuan-fa)

Style: Gōjū-ryū

Organization: Seigokan 正剛館


大山倍達「최영의」Ōyama Masutatsu ‘Choi Yeong-eui’

7/27/1923 – 4/26/1994

Born in Gimje, Jeollabuk-do, Korea

Teachers: Funakoshi Gigō: Shotokan, So Neichu, Yamaguchi Gōgen, & Yashiro Shizuo: Gōjū-ryū

Styles: Shotokan, Gōjū-ryū, Kyokushinkaikan, Judo

Founder of Kyokushinkaikan 極真会館


岩田万蔵 Iwata Manzo

2/9/1924 – 6/4/1993

Teachers: Ueshiba Morihei, Mabuni Kenwa, & Fujita Seiko

Styles: Shitō-ryū, Judo, Aikido, & Kendo

Organizations: Shitō-kai & Nihon Karate-Do Kai 日本空手道会


林輝男 Hayashi Teruo

10/21/1924 – 9/24/2004

Styles: Shitō-ryū, & Judo

Other Influences: Gōjū-ryū, & Ryuei-ryū

Organization: Hayashi-ha Shitō-ryū


島袋永三 Shimabukuro Eizo

1925

The younger brother of Shimabuku Tatsuo.

Teachers: Miyagi, Kyan, Motobu, & Taira

Style: Shobayashi Shorin-ryu 少林流


伊波庫進 Iha Koshin

11/24/1925 – 1/29/2012

Teachers: Miyagi Chōjun, & Miyazato Eiichi

Style: Gōjū-ryū

Organization: Okinawa Gojuryu Karatedo Kyokai 沖縄剛柔流空手道協会


小澤治 Ozawa Osamu

11/25/1925 – 4/14/1998

Born in Kobe, Japan

Cousin of Aizawa Daiichiro.

Teachers: Aizawa Daiichiro: Wadō-ryū, Mabuni Kenwa: Shitō-ryū, & Funakoshi Gichin: Shotokan

Styles: Wadō-ryū, Shitō-ryū, Shotokan


祝嶺正献 Shukumine Seiken

12/25/1925 – 11/26/2001

Teachers: Sadoyama Ankō, & Kishimoto

Style: Genseiryū 玄制流

Founder of Taidō


湧川幸盛 Wakugawa Kosei

7/20/1926

Teacher: Iha Koshun

Style: Gōjū-ryū

Organization: Seidokan 正道館


小渡世吉 Odo Shinkichi

7/26/1926 – 3/24/2002

Teacher: Nakamura Shigeru

Style: Okinawa Kenpo

Organization: Ryūkyū Hon Kenpo Kobujutsu Federation


佐々木武 Sasaki Takeshi

1926 – 1993

Teacher: Obata Isao

Style: Shotokan

Organizations: Chidokan (Obata)FAJKO creator 致道会


Walter Todd

2/1/1927 – 11/26/1999

He was Ōtsuka Hironori’s first foreign student.

Teachers: Abe Ichiro & Mifune Kyuzo: Judo, Tomiki Kenji & Tohei Koichi: Aikido, Ōtsuka Hironori: Wadō-ryū, Obata Isao: Shotokan, Yoko Takahashi: Shudokan 

Styles: Judo, Wadō-ryū, Shotokan, Shudokan, Aikido

Organization: Shudokan Martial Arts Association 修道館武道会


村上哲次 Murakami Tetsuji

3/31/1927 – 1/24/1987

Teachers: Yamagushi Masaji, & Egami Shigeru 

Styles: Shotokai, Kendo, Aikido, Iaido

Organizations: Murakami-kai, & Shotokai France association


摩文仁賢三 Mabuni Kenzo

1927 – 2005

Teacher: Mabuni Kenwa

Other Influences: Miyagi, Funakoshi, Konishi, & Motobu

Style: Shitō-ryū

Organization: Seito Shitō-ryu 糸東流国際空手道会


西山英峻 Nishiyama Hidetaka

10/10/1928 – 11/7/2008

Born in Tokyo, Japan

He graduated from Takushoku University in 1955.

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, & Funakoshi Gigo

Styles: Shotokan, Kendo, Judo

Organization: ITKF


當山清幸 Toyama Seiko

10/25/1928 – 4/10/2009

Born in Okinawa, Japan

A lifelong friend of Shinjō Shinyu.

Teacher: Kanbun Uechi

Style: Uechi-ryū


原田満祐 Harada Mitsusuke

11/16/1928

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, & Egami Shigeru

Style: Shotokai

Organization: KDS Karate-do Shotokai


友寄隆宏 Tomoyose Ryūkō

12/10/1928 – 04/10/2019

Teachers: Uechi Kanbun, Uechi Kanei

Style: Shohei-ryū (Uechi-ryū)

Organization: Okinawa Karate-do Kyokai 沖縄空手道協会


加瀬太地 Kase Taiji

2/9/1929 – 11/24/2004

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin & Gigo, Okuyama Tadao, Hironishi Genshin

Styles: Shotokan, Judo, Aikido, Kendo

Organization: WKSA World Karate Shotokan Academy


新城清優 Shinjō Shinyu

7/10/1929

Born on Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

Son of Shinjō Seiryo and father of Shinjō Kiyohide

Teachers: Uechi Kanbun, Uechi Kanei, Shinjō Seiryo

Style: Pangainoon (Uechi-ryū)


喜舎場朝啓 Kishaba Chōkei

10/4/1929

Teachers: Soken Hohan, Nagamine Shōshin, Nakamura Seigi

Style: Shōrin-ryū

Founder of Shōrin-ryū Kishaba Juku 沖縄空手道松林流喜舎場塾


當眞嗣安 Toma Shian

11/23/1929 – 5/30/2013

Teachers: Sokishi Shinjato, Shimabuku Zenryō, Nakamura Shigeru, & Uehara Seikichi

Styles: Shorin-ryū, Motobu-ryū

Organization: Seidokan 正道館


Dan Ivan

1929 – 11/14/2007

He was stationed in Japan with the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) from 1948-1956.

He was the first American to receive a Shodan from Shioda Gōzō in Yoshinkan Aikido.

Teachers: Sato Shizuya: Judo, Shioda Gōzō: Aikido, Yamaguchi Gogen: Gōjū-ryū, Obata Isao, Yamamoto Shunji, Ito Kimio, Okazaki Teruyuki, Oshima Tsutomu, Demura Fumio: Shitō-ryū

Other Influences: Don F. Draeger

Styles: Judo, Yoshinkan Aikido, Gōjū-ryū, Shotokan, Shitō-ryū, Kendo

Organization: Japan Karate-do Federation of America 日本空手道連盟


大島劼 Ōshima Tsutomu

8/6/1930

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, & Obata Isao

Styles: Shotokan, Sumo, Kendo, Judo

Organization: SKA Shotokan Karate of America


岡崎照幸 Okazaki Teruyuki

6/22/1931

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

He graduated from Takushoku University with a BA in Political Economics in 1953.

He taught at Boei University, Takushoku University, and Tokyo Toritsu University.

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, & Nakayama Masatoshi

Styles: Shotokan, Judo, Kendo, & Aikido

Organization: ISKFInternational Shotokan Karate Federation


金澤弘和 Kanazawa Hirokazu

5/3/1931

Born in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

He graduated from Takushoku University

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, & Nakayama Masatoshi, & Professor Wong: Tai Chi

Styles: Shotokan, Judo, Yang Style Tai Chi

Other Influences: Chinese Martial Arts

Organization: SKIF Shotokan Karate-do International Federation


藤本貞治 Fujimoto Sadaharu

1931

Style: Shitō-ryū

Organization: Shobukai 国際空手道尚武会


庄司寛 Shōji Hiroshi

1931 – 2003

Born in Japan

He graduated from Takushoku University in 1954.

Style: Shotokan

Organization: JKA


矢口豊 Yaguchi Yutaka

11/14/1932

Born in Kure, Hiroshima, Japan

He began training karate in 1952.

He graduated from Nihon University with a degree in Marine Biology.

Teachers: Funakoshi Gichin, Nakayama Masatoshi, Sugiura Motokuni, & Okazaki Teruyuki

Style: Shotokan

Organization: ISKF


宇江城安盛 Ueshiro Ansei

4/20/1933 – 5/7/2007

Nephew of Arakaki Ankichi

Teachers: Ueshiro Anho, & Nagamine Shoshin

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Shorin-Ryu Karate USA


三上孝之 Mikami Takayuki

12/10/1933

Teachers: Ito Kimio, & Nakayama Masatoshi

Style: Shotokan

Organizations: LKA Louisiana Karate Association, and JKA


仲井間憲児 Nakaima Kenji

5/4/1934

Teacher: Nakaima Kenko (Noritaka)

Styles: Ryuei-ryū, & Iaido


窪田孝行 Kubota Takayuki

9/20/1934

Born in Kumamoto, Japan

Teachers: His father, Terada, & Tokunaga

Styles: Bamboo Spear, Karate, Kendo, Judo

Organization: IKA International Karate Association 国際空手道協会

Founder of Gosoku-ryū 剛速流


George Cofield

10/13/1934-3/22/2001

Teacher: Maynard Minor

Style: Shotokan

Owner of the famed Tong Dojo


上江洲 安儀 Uezu Angi

1/3/1935

Born in Chiyaranka City, Saipan

He is married to Shimabuku Yukiko, second daughter of the late Shimabuku Tatsuo.

Teacher: Shimabuku Tatsuo

Style: Isshin-ryū


Elvis Presley

1/8/1935 – 8/16/1977

Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, United States

Teachers: Jürgen Seydel, Murakami Tetsuji: Shotokan. Ed Parker: American Kenpo Karate. Hank Slomanski: Chitō-ryū. Kang Rhee: Pasaryu. 

Styles: Shotokan Karate, American Kenpo Karate, Chitō-ryū, Pasaryu


Maynard Miner

1/12/1935

Born in the United States

Teacher: Okazaki Teruyuki

Style: Shotokan

Organization: ISKF


国場将豪 Kuniba Shōgō

2/5/1935 – 7/14/1992

Style: Shito-ryū

Organizations: Motobu-Ha Shito-ryu (Japan), Kuniba-ryu (USA)


浅井哲彦 Asai Tetsuhiko

6/7/1935 – 8/15/2006

Born in Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan

He graduated from Takushoku University in 1958.

Styles: Shotokan, Jodo, Judo, Jukendo, Kendo, Sumo

Other Influences: Chinese Martial Arts

Organizations: JKS and IJKA


榎枝慶之輔 Enoeda Keinosuke

7/4/1935 – 3/29/2003

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan

He graduated from Takushoku University.

Teachers: Nakayama Masatoshi, & Kase Taiji

Styles: Shotokan, Judo, Kendo

Organization: JKA


白井寛 Shirai Hiroshi

7/31/1937

Style: Shotokan

Organization: Istituto Shotokan Italia


翁長良光 Onaga Yoshimitsu

2/6/1938

Teachers: Taira Osahiro, & Higa Yūchoku

Style: Shōrin-ryū

Organization: Shinjinbukan 神人武館


Thomas “Lapuppet” Carrol

2/7/1938 – 3/20/1999

Born in South Carolina and grew up in Brooklyn, New York

Teacher: George Cofield

Styles: Jujitsu, Kenpo, Shotokan

Organization: Ronin Shotokan Karate-do Association


山本守 Yamamoto Mamoru

7/10/1938 – 2/12/2017

Teacher: Chitose Tsuyoshi

Other Influences: Ōyama Masutatsu

Style: Yōshūkai

Organization: Yōshūkai 養秀会


船越 Kenneth Yoshinobu Funakoshi

9/4/1938

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Kenneth’s father, Yoshio, was Funakoshi Gichin’s 3rd cousin and studied with him in Okinawa from 1915 to 1925.

Teachers: Arazaki: Judo. Adriano Emperado: Kajukenbo. Kanazawa Hirokazu, Nishiyama Hidetaka, Mori Masataka, Asai Tetsuhiko: Shotokan. 

Styles: Shotokan, Judo, Kajukenbo

Organization: Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association


出村文男 Demura Fumio

9/15/1938

Born in Yokohama, Japan

Teachers: Sakagami Ryusho, & Taira Shinken

Styles: Shito-ryū, Kobudō, Kendo

Organization: Genbukai 玄武会


阿部圭吾 Abe Keigo

10/28/1938

Born in Iyoshi, Ehime Prefecture, Japan

Teacher: Nakayama Masatoshi

Style: Shotokan

Organization: JSKA Japan Shotokan Karate Association


東恩納盛男 Higaonna Morio

12/25/1938

Born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Miyagi An’ichi, & Miyazato Eiichi

Style: Gōjū-ryū

Organization: IOGKF International Okinawa Gōjū-ryū Karate-do Federation


千葉真一(サニー ちば)Chiba Shin’ichi “Sonny Chiba”

1/22/1939

Born in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

Childhood name: Maeda Sadaho 前田 禎穂

He attended Nippon Sports Science University.

He is an actor known for Kill Bill Volume 1, & The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Teacher: Oyama Masutatsu

Style: Kyokushin Karate


新里勝彦 Shinzato Katsuhiko

2/10/1939

Born in Manila, Philippines

Teachers: Shimabukuro, Nagamine Shōshin, Nakamura Seigi, Kishaba Chōkei

Styles: Shōrin-ryū, Kobudō: Yammani-ryū

Organization: Shōrin-ryū Kishaba Juku


島袋吉郎 Shimabuku Kichiro

2/15/1939

Born in Okinawa, Japan

He is the eldest son of Shimabuku Tatsuo.

Teacher: Shimabuku Tatsuo

Styles: Isshin-ryū Karate, Kobudō


Ray Dalke

5/1939

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Teachers: Dan Ivan, Nishiyama Hidetaka

Style: Shotokan


具志新祐 Gushi Shinyu

5/25/1939 – 11/21/2012

Born in Okinawa

Teacher: Uehara Saburo

Style: Uechi-ryū

Organization: Ryukokaku 龍虎鶴


Sijo Saabir Quwi Muhammad (born as Steve Sanders and also known as Steve Muhammad)

7/2/1939

Born in Indianola Mississippi and raised in Topeka, Kansas, United States

Teachers: Ed Parker, Chuck Sullivan, & Dan Inosanto

Style: Tai chi, Kenpo, Silat, Gōjū-ryū Karate

Organization: Black Karate Federation

Founder of the Black Karate Federation


浅野史郎 Shirō Asano

10/29/1939

Born in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Teacher: Funakoshi Gichin

Style: Shotokan

Organization: SKI Shotokan Karate International


町田常子 Tsuneko Machida

Born in Okinawa, Japan

She started training in karate at 63 years old.

Style: Uechi-ryū


渡嘉敷唯賢 Tokashiki Iken

6/22/1940

Teachers: Nakasone Seiyu: Tomari-te. Fukuchi Seko: Gōjū-ryū.

Styles: Tomari-te, Gōjū-ryū, Kobudō, Gohaku-ryū

Founder of Gohaku-ryū 剛泊流

Organization: Gohakukai 剛泊会


田中昌彦 Tanaka Masahiko

2/24/1941

Born in Tokyo, Japan

He studied agriculture and veterinary medicine at Nihon University

Teacher: Nakayama Masatoshi

Style: Shotokan

Organization: JKA


上地完明 Uechi Kanmei

5/10/1941 – 9/13/2015

He was the son of Uechi Kanei, and grandson of Uechi Kanbun.

Teacher: Uechi Kanei

Style: Uechi-ryū


知念 辉夫 Chinen Teruo

6/8/1941 – 9/9/2015

Born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

He was the son of Chinen Matsu, and grandnephew of Chinen Masami.

Teachers: Miyagi Chōjun, Miyazato Eiichi, & Higaonna Morio

Other Influences: Chinen Matsu, & Chinen Masami

Style: Gōjū-ryū

Organization: Jundokan 順道館


比嘉 稔 Higa Minoru

9/18/1941

Born in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan

He was the nephew of Yuchoku Higa.

Teachers: Higa Yuchoku, Yamamoto Isekichi. Tamashiro Yogen: Judo.

Styles: Shorin-ryū, Judo, Boxing

Organization: Kyudōkan 究道館


James Yabe

11/1941

Born in the United States

Teachers: Oshima Tsutomu, Nishiyama Hidetaka

Style: Shotokan


小高 忠三 Kotaka Chuzo

11/11/1941

Born in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

Teachers: Kimura Genryu, Kuniba Shogo

Styles: Shitō-ryū

Organization: IKF 国際空手道連盟

Founder of Kotaka-Ha Shitō-ryū


新垣勇 Arakaki Isamu

12/2/1941 – 3/29/2013

Born in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan

He was the President of the Naha Tug of War Association.

He was an English teacher at Okinawa Shogaku Senior High School.

Teacher: Higa Yuchoku

Style: Shorin-ryū


比嘉倫子 Higa Noriko

Born in Okinawa, Japan

She is the wife of Higa Minoru.

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Kyudōkan 究道館


中村忠 Nakamura Tadashi

2/22/1942

Born in Maoka, Karafuto Prefecture, Japan

Teacher: Ōyama Masutatsu

Styles: Gōjū-ryū, Kyokushin karate, Kendo, Seidō Juku

Organization: Seidō Juku World Seido Karate Organization 誠道塾


池田奉秀 Ikeda Hoshū

1942

Teacher: Tamotsu Isamu

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Jyoshimon 古流・現代日本空手道常心門

Founder of Jyoshimon Shorin-ryū 常心門


Charles Martin

1942

Born in Huntsville, Alabama, United States

Appeared in the documentary film ‘Fighting Black Kings’

Teacher: Nakamura Tadashi

Styles: Kyokushin karate, Seido karate


島袋真昇 Shimabuku Shinshō

1942 – 2006

Born in Okinawa, Japan

He was the fourth child and youngest son of Shimabuku Tatsuo.

Teacher: Shimabuku Tatsuo

Styles: Isshin-ryū Karate, Kobudō


Andy Sherry

7/9/1943

Born in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Teacher: Kanazawa Hirokazu, Enoeda Keinosuke

Styles: Judo, Jujutsu, Shotokan

Organization: KUGB


島袋善保 Shimabukuro Zenpo

10/11/1943

Son of Shimabukuro Zenryō

Teachers: Shimabukuro Zenryō, & Nakama Chōzō

Nakama: Pinan, Naihanchi, Jion, Passai Gwa

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Seibukan 聖武館


芦原英幸 Ashihara Hideyuki

12/5/1944 – 1995

Born in Hiroshima, Japan

Teacher: Ōyama Masutatsu

Style: Ashihara Karate

Organization: Ashihara Kaikan 芦原会館

Founder of Ashihara Kaikan


Frank Smith

1945

Born in the United States

Teachers: Bill Babich: Shorin-ryū, Nishiyama Hidetaka: Shotokan

Styles: Judo, Shorin-ryū, Shotokan


Paul Godshaw

3/20/1945

Born in Santa Monica, California, United States

Teachers: Dan Ivan, Demura Fumio

Styles: Shotokan, Kobudō, Judo

Organization: Japan Karate-do Federation


大田栄八範士 Ota Eihachi

5/1945

Born on Yaeyama Island, Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Masao Shima, Nagamine Shoshin

Styles: Matsubayashi-ryū, & Kobudō: Nunchaku, Bo, Sai, Tonfa, and Kama

Organization: Okinawan Shōrin-ryū Karate and Kobudo Association (SKKA), and Okinawan Budokai


守信真栄城 Morinobu Maeshiro

8/2/1945

Born in Naha City, Okinawa

Teachers: His father, & Miyahira Katsuya

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Shidokan


上間康弘 Uema Yasuhiro

8/15/1945

Born in Shuri, Naha City, Okinawa

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Shubukan


井上庆身 Inoue Yoshimi

1946

Teacher: Hayashi Teruo

Style: Shitō-ryū

Organization: Inoue-ha Shitō-ryū Keishin-kai 慶心会


町田嘉三 Machida Yoshizo

1/29/1946

Born in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

Teachers: Togushi, Nakayama, Nishiyama, Watanabe, Tanaka Masahiko, & Takahashi Yoshimasa

Style: Shotokan

Founder of Machida Karate


佐藤勝昭 Satō Katsuaki

4/4/1946

Born on Sakhalin Island

Teachers: Ōyama Masutatsu, & Terutomo Yamazaki

Styles: Kyokushin Karate, Judo, Satojuku Karate

Organization: Satojuku Karate (Odo-ryū) 王道流空手道佐藤


James “Jim” Milton Kelly 

5/5/1946 – 6/29/2013

Born in Millersburg, Kentucky, United States

Actor and first Black martial arts film star.

Teachers: Sin Kwan, Parker Shelton, Nate Patton, & Gordon Doversola

Styles: “Okinawa-te,” Kenpo, Shorin-ryū


矢原美紀夫 Yahara Mikio

4/4/1947

Born in Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan

Styles: Shotokan, & Judo

Organization: KWF Karatenomichi World Federation


松島良一 Matsushima Yoshikazu

4/23/1947

Born in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Teacher: Ōyama Masutatsu

Style: Kyokushin karate

Organization: I.K.O Matsushima 国際空手道連盟極真会館


山崎照朝 Yamazaki Terutomo

7/31/1947

Born in Yamato, Yamanashi, Japan

Styles: Kyokushin karate, Muay Thai, & Kickboxing

Organization: Gyakushin kaikan 逆真会館


大城信子 Oshiro Nobuko

8/22/1947

Teacher: Higa Yūchoku

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Taishinkan 大信館


添野義二 Soeno Yoshiji

9/29/1947

Teacher: Ōyama Masutatsu

Styles: Shidokan, Muay Thai, Judo, & Kickboxing

Organization: Shidokan (Knockdown style) 士道館


佐久本嗣男 Sakumoto Tsuguo

12/13/1947

Teacher: Nakaima Kenko (Noritaka)

Style: Ryūei-ryū

Organization: Okinawa Ryuei Ryu Karate Kobudo Organization 沖縄劉衛劉空手古武道龍鳳会


安里廣之 Yasuzato Hiroyuki

1947

He is the husband of Yasuzato Yoriko.

Teacher: Yasuzato Yoriyuki

Style: Shorin-ryū(松林会)

Organization: Shobukan


安里より子 Yasuzato (Asato) Yoriko

She is the great grand-daughter of Asato Ankō.

Teacher: Yasuzato Yoriyuki

Style: Shorin-ryū(松林会)

Organization: Shobukan


James Field

Born in Jamaica

Teachers: Kanazawa Hirokazu, Nishiyama Hidetaka, Okazaki Teruyuki, Yaguchi Yutaka

Other influences: Aoki Takeshi

Style: Shotokan

Organization: ISKF


密岡とみ子 Mitsuoka Tomiko

1948

Teachers: Hirano Kiyohisa, Kanazawa Hirokazu, & Kasuya Hitoshi

Style: Shotokan

Organization: WSKF World Shotokan Karate-do Federation


Terry O’Neill 

2/27/1948

Born in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Actor

Teachers: Andy Sherry, Murakami Sensei, Veron Bell, Terry Wingrove, & Kanazawa Hirokazu

Style: Shotokan

Organization: KUGB


盧山初雄 Royama Hatsuo

3/31/1948

Born in Saitama, Japan

Teacher: Ōyama Masutatsu

Style: Kyokushin karate

Other Influences: Taikiken

Organization: Kyokushin-kan International Honbu 極真空手道連盟極真館


東孝 Azuma Takashi

1949

Styles: Kudo, Karate, Judo

Organization: Daido Juku Kudo 大道塾空道

Founder of Daido Juku Kudo 大道塾空道


Cathy Cline

9/20/1950

Born in the United States

Teachers: Okazaki Teruyuki, & Yaguchi Yutaka 

Style: Shotokan


浜崎(岡村)鈴子 Suzuko (Okamura) Hamasaki

Born in Japan

She is the daughter of Gōjū-kai Co-founder Okamura Mitsuyasu.

Teacher: Okamura Mitsuyasu

Style: Gōjū-ryū

Organization: Gōjū-kai


上地強 Uechi Tsuyoshi

5/1951

Born in Okinawa, Japan

Teachers: Shimabuku Kichiro, Uezu Angi

Style: Isshin-ryū

Early Influences: Boxing, Shotokan

Organization: Isshin-Ryu Okinawa Traditional Karate-Do Association (IOTKA)


Willie Williams

7/14/1951

Born in North Carolina, United States

Appeared in the documentary film ‘Fighting Black Kings’

Teachers: Oyama Shigeru, & Ninomiya Joko

Styles: Kyokushin karate, MMA


新城 清秀 Shinjō Kiyohide

11/3/1951

Born on Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan

He is the son of Shinjō Seiyu and grandson of Shinjō Seiryo.

Teacher: Shinjō Seiyu

Style: Uechi-ryū

Organization: Kenyukai 拳優会


William Oliver

1952 – 11/20/2004

Appeared in the documentary film ‘Fighting Black Kings.’

Teachers: Nakamura Tadashi, & Ninomiya Jōkō

Styles: Kyokushin karate, Seido karate

Organization: Kenshikai

Founder of Kenshikai


Aikaterini Loukopoulou (Katherine Loukopoulos)

Born in Stolon, Kinourias, Greece

Forensic Psychologist who instructs crime prevention seminars throughout Greece.

Teachers: Heshiki Zenko, Ueshiro Ansei, Nagamine Shoshin

Other Influences: Thomas La Puppet: Kumite, Osho Okamoto: Zazen

Styles: Matsubayashi-ryū, Gōjū-ryū, Ryūkyū Kobudō


Luisa Maria Godshaw

6/6/1953

Born in Matanzas, Cuba

Teacher: Paul Godshaw

Styles: Shotokan, Kobudō

Organization: Japan Karate-Do Federation


石井和義 Ishii Kazuyoshi

6/10/1953

Teacher: Ashihara Hideyuki

Style: Seidokaikan

Organizations: Seidokaikan and K1 正道会館


二宮城光 Ninomiya Jōkō

1/27/1954

Born in Yawatahama, Shikoku, Japan

Teacher: Ashihara Hideyuki

Style: Enshin karate

Organization: Enshinkaikan 円心会館


新城友弘 Arashiro Tomohiro

7/15/1954

Born in Nago City, Okinawa. Japan

Teachers: Nakaima Kenko (Noritaka)

Styles: Wado-ryū, Ryuei-ryū

Organization: Okinawa Ryuei Ryu Karate Kobudo Organization 沖縄劉衛劉空手古武道龍鳳会


喜久川政信 Kikukawa Masanobu

1954

Teachers: Gibu Sokuichi (Nakazato Shugoro) & Toma Seiki (Kyan Chōtoku)

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Shinkokai 振興会


Douglas Sadao Aoki

11/2/1955

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Retired academic (social theory), University of Alberta. PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies, UBC, 1998.

Teacher: Dan Smith

Style: Shorin-ryu Seibukan


Frank Brennan

5/6/1960

Born in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Teachers: Andy Sherry, Enoeda Keinosuke

Styles: Judo, Shotokan

Organization: KUGB


廣原誠(吉田誠)Hirohara Makoto (Yoshida Makoto)

1961

Born in Hiroshima, Japan

Teachers: Ashihara Hideyuki, Nagano Mitsuko: Yoga

Styles: Karate, Jōjutsu

Founder of Shintaiikudo 心体育道


摩文仁司 Mabuni Tsukasa

She is the granddaughter of Mabuni Kenwa.

Teacher: Mabuni Kenzo

Style: Shitō-ryu

Organization: Shitō-ryu International Karate Do Kai 糸東流国際空手道会


Dr. Judy D. Lemus Ph.D.

Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, Principal Investigator, Director, & Author

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Zentokukai 善徳会


緑健児 Midori Kenji

4/18/1962

Born on Amami Ōshima, Japan

Teacher: Ōyama Masutatsu

Style: Kyokushin karate

Organization: WKO Shinkyokushinkai


문장규「松井章奎軽」Matsui Shokei

1/15/1963

Born in Bunkyō, South Korea

Teacher: Ōyama Masutatsu

Style: Kyokushin karate

Organization: International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan 国際空手道連盟極真会館


中達也 Naka Tatsuya

5/29/1964

Born in Tokyo, Japan

He attended Takushoku University.

He is an actor in Japan known for Kuro-obi, High Kick Girl!, & Karate Girl. 

Style: Shotokan

Organization: JKA


八巻建志 Yamaki Kenji

8/18/1964

Born in Yokohama City, Kanagawa, Japan

Teacher: Ōyama Masutatsu

Style: Originally Kyokushin karate, now Yamaki Karate

Organization: Yamaki Karate 八巻空手


AndreasAndyHug

9/7/1964 – 8/24/2000

Born in Zurich, Switzerland

Teacher: Werner Schenker 

Styles: Kyokushin karate, Seidokaikan, K-1 Kickboxing


佐竹雅昭 Satake Masaaki

8/17/1965

Born in Suita, Osaka, Japan

Teachers: Ishi Kazuyoshi, Sakuraba Kazushi

Styles: Seidokaikan, K-1 Kickboxing, MMA


成嶋竜 Narushima Ryu

9/5/1968

Born in Mizuhomachi, Nishitamagun, Tokyo, Japan

Narushima Ryu was the motion capture actor for Kazuya Mashima and Jin Kazama in the fighting game franchise Tekken.

Style: Kyokushin karate

Teacher: Ōyama Masutatsu


平山裕子 Hirayama Yuko

6/18/1969

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

She graduated from Tokyo Women’s P.E. Junior College.

Style: Shotokan

Organization: JKA


中村洋子 Nakamura Yoko

Style: Shotokan

Organization: JKA


名渡山秀子 Nadoyama Hideko

7/4/1969

Style: Ryūei-ryū


三村由紀 Mimura Yuki

5/4/1970

Style: Shotokan

Organization: JKA


浅井星光 Asai Hoshimi

7/7/1970

She is the daughter of Asai Testuhiko.

She is an actress, and film director.

Styles: Shotokan, Judo


Francisco “Chiquinho” Filho

1/10/1971

Born in Souto Soares, Bahia, Brazil

Teacher: Seiji Isobe

Styles: Kyokushin karate, K-1 Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiujitsu


若井敦子 Wakai Atsuko

9/12/1971

Born in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Teacher: Ono Yasufumi

Style: Gōjū-ryū

Organization: Seigokan 


数見肇 Kazumi Hajime

12/14/1971

Born in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

Styles: Kyokushin karate

Other influences: Taikiken

Organization: Kyokushin-kan International Honbu


森昭生武蔵」Mori Akio “Musashi”

10/17/1972

Born in Sakai, Osaka, Japan

Trainer: Frankie Liles (Wildcard)

Styles: Seidokaikan, K-1 Kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA


豊見城あずさ Tomishiro Azusa

7/4/1973

Style: Ryūei-ryū


佐和田香織 Sawada Kaori

9/14/1973

Style: Ryūei-ryū


SemSemmySchilt

10/27/1973

Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Styles: Kyokushin karate, Ashihara kaikan, Kickboxing, Kudo, MMA


木山仁 Kiyama Hitoshi

1/9/1974

Born in Kagoshima, Japan

Style: Kyokushin karate

Organization: International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan (Matsui-Ha)


上間建 Uema Takeshi

1975

Born in Shuri, Naha City, Okinawa

Style: Shorin-ryū

Organization: Shubukan


八木明人 Yagi Akihito

1977

Born in Okinawa, Japan

He is the eldest son of Yagi Meitoku, and brother to Yagi Akihiro.

He is an actor in Japan known for Kuro-obi, High Kick Girl!, and Ryūkyū Battle Royale.

Teacher: Yagi Meitoku

Style: Gōjū-ryū

Organization: Meibukan


町田信三 Machida Chinzô

3/9/1977

Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

He is the son of Machida Yoshizo.

He is an MMA fighter.

Teacher: Machida Yoshizo

Styles: Shotokan, BJJ


町田龍太 Lyoto Carvalho Machida 

5/30/1978

Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

He is the son of Machida Yoshizo.

He is an MMA fighter.

Teacher: Machida Yoshizo

Styles: Shotokan, BJJ, Muay Thai, Sumo


新垣美紗子 Aragaki Misako

7/6/1978

Style: Shotokan

Organization: JKA


嘉手納由絵 Kadena Yoshie

10/27/1979

Style: Ryūei-ryū


志水亮介 Shimizu Ryosuke

1/18/1980

Born in Kyoto, Japan

He graduated from Kyoto Industrial University.

Style: Shotokan

Organization: JKA


翁長美智子 Onaga Michiko

She is the daughter of Onaga Yoshimitsu.

Teacher: Onaga Yoshimitsu

Style: Shōrin-ryū

Organization: Shinjinbukan


清水由佳 Shimizu Yuka

7/17/1982

Style: Ryūei-ryū


TAKAHIRO

12/8/1984

Born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Childhood name: Takahiro Tasaki 田﨑 敬浩

He is an actor and vocalist of Exile, and Ace Of Spades.

Teachers: Yasuzato Yoriko, & Yasuzato Hiroyuki

Style: Shōbukan karate


Sanjiv Dhodapkar

1/3/1985

Born in Mission Viejo, California, USA

He graduated with a BA in international relations, and a minor in business studies from NYU.

Styles: Shotokan, Wrestling, Judo, BJJ


金城さゆり Kinjo Sayuri

5/16/1985

Style: Ryūei-ryū


宇佐美里香 Usami Rika

2/20/1986

Style: Inoue-ha Shitō-ryū


中町(ウォーターハウス)美希 レベッカ Nakamichi (Waterhouse) Miki Rebbeca

5/14/1986

She is the twin sister of Aya.

She is an actress in Japan.

Style: Shotokan


ウォーターハウス 亜耶 バネッサ Waterhouse Aya Vanessa

5/14/1986

She is the twin sister of Miki.

She is an actress in Japan.

Style: Shotokan


Sharleen Amonda

1989

Born in Zimbabwe, Africa

Style: Kyokushin karate


武田梨奈 Takeda Rina

6/15/1991

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

She is an actress known for High Kick Girl!, Karate Girl, & Attack on Titan.

Style: Ryūkyū Shorin-ryū


清水希容 Shimizu Kiyou

12/7/1993

Style: Shitō-ryū


© Alan Godshaw

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