Gichin Funakoshi

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Gichin Funakoshi (1868 - 1957)


Today, karate a martial art that not only are trained in Japan, but worldwide. Before Gichinn Funakoshe was Karate only a regional art form on the island of Okinawa.

Gichin Funakoshi Karate taught by the masters Yasutsune Asato and Yasutsune Ito over many years. When the Japanese fleet visited Okinawa trained selected sailors Karate led by Gichin Funakoshi. Because martial art was so kraftful, the fleet decidednot to adopt Karate art.

In March 1921, Crown Prince Hirohito visited Okinawa on his trip to Europe. During this visit was Gichin Funakoshi asked to lead a public display of Karate. The display was with Gichin Funakoshi performed by selected students in the Grand Hall of Shuri Castle.

In May 1922, Gichin Funakoshi traveled to Tokyo to attend the first Budo and Mental educational presentation sponsored by the Ministry of Education, to showcase the Okinawan art of self defense "Karate". This was the first demonstration of Karate in Japan.

After this show gave Gichin Funakoshi many demonstrations and lessons in karate to meet many requirements from schools, public enstanser and Jigoro Kano (founder of modern Judo).
Hoan Kosugi (a famous artist) was with Jigoro Kano a very important part in the development of Karate in Japan, when both were instrumental in persuading Gichin Funakoshi to stay in Japan to teach karate.
Gichin Funakoshi was in Tokyo and began the spread of Karate under the name "Karate Kenkyukai" by teaching at various universities and police.

In 1924 Gichin Funakoshi changed the name China-hand to Karate (empty-handed).

In 1936 it was managed for some of Gichin Funakoshi's supporters to raise enough money to build the first independent karate dojo in Japan. It was students of Funakoshi who gave dojo name Shoto-kan.
Shoto means "pinetree waves" and was the stage name Funakoshi used to sign his calligraphy with. Kan means building.
Gichin Funakoshi's karate style is now known throughout the world as Shotokan and is today the most common style of all.

Gishin Funakoshi died in April 1957 at age 89 years


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Why we are the best.

JKS Maharashtra has an impeccable lineage with a rich heritage that started with: 
- O' Sensei Gichin Funakoshi (10th Dan, father of modern day karate & founder of Shotokan) 
- Sensei Masatoshi Nakayama (10th Dan, credited to develop and spread karate across the world) 
- Sensei Tetsuhiko Asai (10th Dan, former Chief Instructor of JKA & founder of JKS) 
- Sensei Masao Kagawa (9th Dan, current Chief Instructor of JKS) 
- Sensei Jan Spatzek (8th Dan, Chief Instructor of JKS Denmark, Technical Adviser for
  JKS Bangladesh and for many JKS INDIA states branches and direct student of two legendary
  masters.....  Sensei T. Asai (founder of JKS) & Sensei H. Kanazawa (founder of SKIF)