Famous Karatekas


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Whilst the author of this page has tried to adhere to history as supported by hard evidence, it is recognised that historical documentation is still incomplete. In the interests of aiding understanding, the gaps in history has been filled based on the best evidence available, whether that be word of mouth or even legend.


If any reader has any high quality evidence that may enable refinement of the contents of this page, please contact the webmaster who would be only to happy to review the contents of this page in light of the evidence presented.


Practitioners of the past and present:


1) Kung Shang Kung ('Kushanku'/'Kusanku'/'Kosokun')

2) Matsu Higa Peichin, 1640 - 1720

3) Chatan Yara, 1668 - 1756

4) Takahara Shinun Ho ('Peichin Takahara'), 1683 - 1762

5) Sakugawa Chikodun Peichin Kanga, 1733 - 1815

6) Sokon Matsumura, 1792 - 1815

7) Yasutsune (Ankoh) Itosu, 1830 - 1915

8) Yasutsune Azato, 1828 - 1906

9) Gichin Funakoshi, 1868 - 1957

10) Takeshi Shimoda, 1901 - 1934

11) Yoshitaka Funakoshi, 1906 - 1945

12) Shigeru Egami, 1912 - 1981

13) Genshin Hironishi, 1913 - 1999

14) Tetsuji Murakami, 1927 - 1967

15) Jotaro Tagaki, 1927 - Present

16) Mitsusuke Harada, 1928 - Present

17) Tsutomu Ohshima, 1930 - Present

18) Sodo Kawanabe, 1931 - ?

19) Ayahito Sugimoto, 1933 - 2005

20) Hiruyoki Aoki, 1936 - Present

21) Atsuo Hiruma, 1941 - Present

22) Tomoji Miyamoto, 1945 - Present

23) Yasuo Ikeda, ? - 1990

24) Kazunobu Maekawa, ? - Present

25) Humberto Heyden,