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Gichin Funakoshi – Founder of Modern Karate-do

Gichin Funakoshi

The Father of Modern Karate-Do


Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) was an Okinawan karate master who formally introduced karate to the Japanese mainland in 1921. Shotokan is named after Gichin Funakoshi’s pen name, Shoto, which means pine waves or wind in the pines. Shotokan means Shoto’s house or Shoto’s school. Funakoshi had trained in both of the popular styles of Okinawan karate of the time: Shorei-ryu and Shorin-ryu.

Funakoshi published the following books: Karate-Do Nyumon the Introductory Text, Karate-Do Kyohan the Master Text, Karate Jutsu the Original Teachings and Karate-Do My Way of Life