Tomoe Gozen, famous Japanese female warrior of the Genpei War is born. (Died in 1247)
Yasuke, the first and only African Samurai was born in 1540. He arrived in Japan in 1579
"Bushi" Sokon Matsumura is born and later became the prime mover of "linear" power techniques.
Anko Asato, Master of Shuri-Te, Kendo and Kyudo, is born.
Nakano Takeko, one of the most famous Japanese female warriors, is born and passes away in 1868.
Itosu Anko, a senior expert of 'Shuri-Te', is born. His most notable students were Choku Motobu, Kentsu Yabu,
Chomo Hinashiro, Gichin Funakoshi, Kanken Yoyama, Chosin Chibana and Chojun Miyagi.
Kanryo Higaonna, founder of Naha-Te, is born on March10th.
Takeda Sokaku is born. He is considered by many as founder of a branch of jujutsu known as Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu
Professor Jigoro Kano, Jiu-jutsu Master and founder of Kodokan Judo is born in Tokugawa, Japan
At 22 Kanryo Higaonna travels to Foochoow, China, where he studies Chinese martial arts under Ryu Ryuko.
Considered to be the end of the Samurai clans
Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan Karate, is born on Okinawa
Choki Motobu, student of Sokon Matsumura, is born in Shuri Ryukyu Kingdom
Kenwa Mabuni, founder of Shito-Ryu, is born in Shuri, Okinawa
Judo, the art of self-defense and world wide sport is found/formed by Jujutsu Master Jigoro Kano.
O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba is born, the founder of Aikido
Chojun Miyagi, Sensei, founder of Goju Ryu, is born on April 25th.
Mabuni Kenwa, Sensei, founder of Shito Ryu Karate is born.
Kanryo Higaonna introduces Naha-Te and a breathing exercise called Sanchin.
Konishi Yasuhiro, Sensei, founder of 'Shindo Jinen-Ryu, is born. He trained under Gichin Funakoshi,
Choki Motobu, Kenwa Mubuni, Morihei Ueshiba, Chojun Miyagi and Chosen Chibana.
Founder of Itokazu Goju Ryu, Yoshio Itokazu is born on October 2nd.
Seiko Higa, Sensei, founder of Shodokan Goju Ryu is born and becomes Chojun Miyagi's early successor.
Chojun Miyagi, Sensei, begins training with Aragaki Ryuko.
Chojun Miyagi is introduced to Kanryo Higaonna by Aragaki Ryoko Sensei and accepted as a student.
Gichen Funakoshi, Sensei, along with other active master of the day, begins the long process of
reorganizing Karate on Okinawa and Japan.
Sensei Funakoshi forms his own dojo that would later be called Shotokan.
Sensei Choboku Takamine is born on March 24th.
Sensei Tatsuo Shimabukuro founder of 'Isshin-Ryu Karate, is born.
Gogen Yamaguchi, Hanshi, founder of Japanese Goju Ryu, is born on January 21st.
Yamaguchi Sensei is the founder of the Japan Goju-Kai. It is though Yamaguchi Sensei that Goju-Ryu became world known.
Sensei Meitoku Yagi, founder of Meibukan Goju Ryu and Chojun Miyagi's later successor, is born on March 6th.
Sensei Kanryo Higaonnoa passes away. Higaonna was Chojun Miyagi's primary teacher.
Miyagi Sensei travels to China in search of Ryu Ryu Ko (Higaonna's teacher) while training in several local styles.
Miyazato Eiko Sensei is born, founder of Gokenkan Goju-Ryu.
Kanryo Higaonna Sensei passed away due to illness at the age of 63.
Chojun Miyagi, Sensei, returns leaves China, returns back to Okinawa and becomes the successor of Naha -Te.
Seikichi Toguchi, the founder of Shoreikan Goju Ryu, is born on May 20th.
Eiichi Miyazato, founder of Jundokan Goju Ryu, is born on July 5th.
Funakoshi Sensei's second demonstration in Japan is a success and he founded his first dojo in Tokyo.
Sensei Masutatsu "Mas" Oyama, founder of Kyokushin Karate, is born in Korea under the name Choi Young Li.
Morihei Ueshiba, Sensei demonstrated, for the first time, his version of Aiki Jutsu
O'Sensei Gichin Funakoshi adopts the Kyu/Dan ranking and the training uniform created by Jigoro Kano.
Funakoshi also promotes his first group of Black Belts this year.
Sensei Seikichi Higa is born on February 10th.
Chojun Miyagi, Sensei, travels to Japan and teaches karate at universities.
Shito-Ryu is found by a student of Kanryo Higaonna, Kenwa Mabuni.
Gogen Yamaguchi, Sensei, was introduced to Chojun Miyagi by Jitsuei Yogi and invited Mr. Miyagi to visit his school in Japan.
It is this year that Sensei Chojun Miyagi officially names his style "Goju Ryu", a name taken from the book "The Bubishi".
Headquarters in Tokyo, Sensei Chojun Miyagi named Karate Division Chairman of the Okinawan Prefecture Athletic Association.
Sensei Gogen Yamaguchi meets Sensei Chojun Miyagi and begins training under him.
An'ichi Miyagi is born on Feb. 9th.
Goju-Ryu is officially registered with the Dai Nippon Butokukai as a ryu and Karate is recognized as an official martial art.
Hanshi Anthony Mirakian is born on November 12th.
Chojun Miyagi, Sensei, lectures and teaches Karate in Hawaii. He also becomes a permanent
officer of the Dai Nippon Butokukai (Great Japan Martial Virtues Association).
Shihan Frank Ruiz, founder of Nisei Goju Ryu, is born on July2nd.
Sensei Peter Urban, founder of USA Goju, is born on August14th.
All Japan Goju-Kai Karate-Do Association founded by Hanshi Gogen Yamaguchi, who also originates
jiyu-kumite (free sparring), the basis for sport karate as it is known today.
"Maestro" Peter Urban founder of USA Goju is born on August 14th.
Sensei Gosei Yamaguchi is born on January 15th in Kyoto.
Sensei Chojun Miyagi receives a medal for "Excellence in the Martial Arts" from the Japanese Ministry of Education.
Sensei Miyagi travels to Shanghai and studies Chinese martial arts at the Seibu Dai Iku Kai
(Great Gymnastic Association, Pure Martial Arts Spirit).
The Karate masters of Okinawa decide Karate will be the official name of Okinawa-Te, and the first independant
Karate dojo is founded in Tokyo. It was named Shotokan by the students of Funakoshi, Sensei
Sensei Don Nagle of 'Isshin-Ryu Karate', is born in Jersey City, NJ on April 5.
Sensei Chojun Miyagi, along with other stylists, forms the Dai Nippon Butokukai Karate Jukkyoshi
(Great Japan Martial Arts Karate Teachers Association). He also becomes the first person in Karate to
receive the teaching grade of "Kyoshi" from the Dai Nippon Butokukai.
Sensei Gichen Funakoshi's Karate is officially named Shotokan.
Masanobu Shinjo, Hanshi, founder of the Shobukan style, is born.
Morio Higaonna, Hanshi, founder of the IOGKF, is born on December 25th.
Sensei Don Nagle of 'Isshin-Ryu Karate', is born in Jersey City, NJ on April 5th.
Sensei Gogen Yamaguchi is sent to Manchuria as an intelligence officer, where he is captured and held by the Russians.
Wado Ryu is founded by a student of Gichen Funakoshi, Hienori Otsuka.
Sensei Chojun Miyagi and Sensei Shoshin Nagamine (Founder of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu)
created the katas Gekisai Dai Ichi and Gekisai Dai Ni.
Professor Moses Powell, founder of Sanuces Ryu Jiu Jitsu, is born on January 13.
Hakko-Ryu Jujutsu is founded by Okuyama Ryuho. He was a student of Soke Sokaku Takeda.
Morihei Ueshiba, master of Jujitsu and Aiki creates a new style called Aikido.
Sensei RON VAN CLIEF, founder of the Chinese Goju System, is born on January 25.
Sensei Meitatsu Yagi is born in June.
Chotoku Kyan, Shorin-Ryu Tomori-Te passes away in Okinawa, Japan.
Shinzato Jinan, student of Chojun Miyagi, Sensei, dies in April during the battle of Okinawa.Shinzato.
Along with Miyagi, Sensei, he was instrumental in the coining the name "Goju".
It is during the mid "40s" that many American solders return to the Unite States
bringing back with them knowledge of Japanese/Okinawan Martial Arts.
Sensei Chojun Miyagi is made an official of the Okinawa Minsei Taiiku Kan (Okinawa Democratic Athletic Association).
Gogen Yamaguchi is freed by the Russians and returns to Japan.
Gogen Yamaguchi found the Karate-Do Goju-Kai in Tokyo.
Prof. Seishiro "Henry" Okazaki forms 'Danzen-Ryu Jiujitsu' passes away at age 61.
Chojun Miyagi dies on October 8th at the age of 65.
Mas Oyama opened his first "Dojo".
After training with Richard Kim and Mas Oyama, Peter Urban travels to Japan and begins training under Gogen Yamaguchi.
Meitoku Yagi, Sensei, forms 'Meibukan Goju Ryu Karate'.
Bruce Lee begins his studies of Wing Chun Gung-Fu under Sifu Yip Man.
Shikan Akimine (student of Kanki Izumikawa) opens the first Goju Ryu dojo in Brazil.
Seikichi Toguchi, Sensei, forms 'Shoreikan Karate'.
Grand Master Tatsuo Shimabukuro founded the 'Isshin-Ryu Karate' style.
Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Modern Karate, dies at the age of 88.
Miyazato Eiichi established Jundokan Goju.
Sensei Glenn Perry, inheritor of Black Dragon Aikijitsu, is born on May 11th.
Sensei Peter Urban introduces Japanese Goju Ryu to the United States.
Anthony Mirakian brings Okinawan Meibukan Goju Ryuto the United States.
Lou Angel (a student of Peter Urban) leaves Brooklin and opens first Goju Ryu dojo in mid-west, US at Tulsa, OK.
Meitoku Yagi receives Chojun Miyagi's karate gi and belt, becoming his official successor.
Gosen Yamaguchi begins teaching Goju Ryu in San Francisco.
Lou Angel travels to Japan to study with Gogen Yamaguchi at Goju-Kai Headquarters in Japan.
Gosei Yamaguchi joins his brother Goshi in San Francisco.
Gogen Yamaguchi helps form the All Japan Karate-Do Federation.
"The Karate Dojo" is written by Peter Urban and becomes the most popular book on the subject of Karate.
Peter Urban, Sensei leaves the Japanese Goju-Kai and introduces USA Goju to the United States.
Seiko Higa Sensei passes away this year.
Glenn Perry begins training in Hakkoryu Jujutsu under Prof. Al Govine, Sensei at the 'Diamond Mine Dojo' in Brooklyn, NY
Sensei Mike Mancuso brings 'Jundokan Goju-Ryu' to the United States.
Seikichi Toguchi, Hanshi formed the 'Shorei-Kan' branch of Goju Ryu.
Sensei Frank Ruiz and Sensei Harry Rosenstein (both students of Sensei Peter Urban) form 'Nisei Goju Karate.
Sensei Ron Van Clief (student of Moses Powell, Frank Ruiz and Peter Urban) forms the CHINESE GOJU SYSTEM.
Shihan Harry Rosenstein forms 'Kanzen Goju-Ryu'.
Morio Higaonna leaves Miyazato Eiichi Sensei and forms the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF).
Shihan Glenn Perry introduces Chinese Goju to Morelos, Mexico and opens the first dojo.
Hanshi Lou Angel forms Tenshi-Goju Kai, in Joplin, Mo.
Gogen Yamaguchi, Hanshi, passes away at the age of 80 on May 20th.
Masafumi Suzuki, Hanshi, passes away on October 11th.
Masanobu Shinjo, Hanshi passes away on October 15th.
Shidoshi Ron Van Clief, age 51,competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
Sosai Mas Oyama, founder of Kyokushin Karate, passes away in Tokyo, Japan.
After a long illness Shihan Frank Ruiz, founder of Nisei Goju Ryu, passes away on June 20.
Ron Taganashi, Sensei, of Nisei Goju Ryu passes.
Sensei Seikichi Toguchi, founder of Shoreikan Goju Ryu Karate Do, passes away on Aug. 31st at the age of 81.
Shihan Thomas Carroll "La Puppet", founder of Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do, passes away on March 20th.
Miyazato Eiichi Hanshi passes away.
Shidoshi Ron Van Clief travels to Mexico to promote Glenn Perry as 'Senior Master' and bestows him the title of 'SOKE'.
The Chinese Goju International Ass'n is officially formed this year in Mexico by Ron Van Clief and Glenn Perry.
Sensei George Cofield, founder and Grandmaster of the Tong Dojo passes away on March 22nd.
The GOSHIN RYU BUJUTSU ASSOCIATION is founded by Glenn Perry, Soke.
Meitoku Yagi of the Meibu-Kan passed away on February7th.
He was the last living disciple of Chojun Miyagi, sensei,founder of Goju Ryu.
Soke Glenn Perry is inducted into the "World Head of Family Sokeship Council" by Shidoshi Ron Van Clief.
Founder of USA Goju, Maestro Peter Urban passes away. He is considered by
many as one of the most important figures in American martial arts history.
Grandmaster Moses Powell, pioneer and founder of Sanuces Ryu Jiu Jitsu, passes away on January 22. R.I.P.
Tanka Ramos, Sensei becomes an official member of the 'Jundokan Okinawan Karate Association'.
Grandmaster Ron Van Clief brings Chinese Goju to the US Virgin Islands.
Grandmaster Ron Van Clief relocates to the Island of Hawaii and begins full time study of Brazilian Jujutsu.
Glenn Perry receives the title of "Shidoshi" from his teacher, Grandmaster Ron Van Clief, and
becomes the designated Inheritor and Headmaster of 'BLACK DRAGON AIKI-JUJUTSU'.
Professor Ronald Duncan, father of American Ninjutsu, passes away on November 19th. R.I.P.
After several years of illness Grandmaster Reno Morales passes away on February 8th. R.I.P.
After a long illness Soke S. Papasan Canty, fo-founder of Kuroshido, passes away in Atlanta, GA.
Grand Master Rico C. Guy, founder of US Budokai Kan, passes away in April.
Shidoshi Glenn Perry, 10th Dan
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