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Tag Archives: karate history

Gichin Funakoshi: Creator of Shotokan Karate

Monday, July 29th, 2013

If there’s one man who can be credited with popularizing karate, it’s Gichin Funakoshi. This account by Richard Kim looks at how the shotokan founder went from sickly boy to respected master.
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Posted in Shotokan.

History of Karate: The Story of Gichin Funakoshi Disciple Osamu Ozawa (Part 1)

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Until his death on April 14, 1998, Osamu Ozawa was the highest-ranked shotokan karate master in the Western hemisphere. His place in the history of karate stemmed from a fascinating life — the kind most of us only read about.

Osamu Ozawa was born in 1925 in Kobe, Japan. His ancestors were samurai, and he was
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Posted in Japanese Martial Arts History.

Rebel Isshin-Ryu Karate: Isshin Kempo’s Controversial Kata Concept

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Black Belt featured the fist of isshin kempo founder William S. Russell on its April 1977 cover, along with a two-part feature on his take on the martial arts. Three decades later, we thought readers would appreciate an update on the evolution of the system through the eyes of its current leader, Christopher J. Goedecke.
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Posted in Aikijujutsu, Boxing, General Martial Arts History, Japanese Martial Arts, Japanese Martial Arts History, Karate, Kempo, Traditional Martial Artists, Western Martial Arts History.