Karate

Karate

Karate

Karate (空手?) (English: /kəˈrɑːtiː/) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed from indigenous fighting methods called te (手?, literally “hand”; Tii in Okinawan) and Chinese kenpō. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. …

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Fumio Demura

Fumio Demura

Fumio Demura (born in Yokohama, Japan in 1938) Style: Karate At the age of 10 he began training in the martial arts under Asano Sensei, and started training under Ryusho Sakagami in Shito Ryu Itosu Kai karate when he was 12. Demura received his 1st Degree black belt in 1956 and won the East Japan …

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Gichin Funakoshi

Gichin Funakoshi

Founder of Shotokan Karate Blackbelt Magazine’s Significant Achiever Blackbelt Magazine’s Black Belt Award winner Gichin Funakoshi (船越 義珍 Funakoshi Gichin, 1868–1957) was an Okinawan karate master who formally introduced karate to the Japanese mainland in 1921. His son, Funakoshi Yoshitaka modernized the system of karate that he originally developed. This was accomplished predominately by lowering …

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Mas Oyama

Mas Oyama

Full Name: Masutatsu Oyama Original Korean Name: Yong I-Choi Blackbelt Magazine’s 1994 Honorary Award Founder of Kyokushin Karate Masutatsu (Mas) Oyama was born Yong I-Choi on the 27th of July, 1923, in a village not far from Gunsan in Southern Korea. At a relatively young age he was sent to Manchuria, in Southern China, to …

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