Chronology of Events
Kanryo Higaonna, founder of Naha-Te, is born on March 10th.
Kanryo Higaonna sails to Fukien province in China, where he studies Chinese martial arts under Ryu Ryuko.
Chojun Miyagi, founder of Goju Ryu, is born on April 25th.
Kanryo Higaonna introduces Naha-Te and a breathing exercise called Sanchin.
Yoshio Itokazu is born on October 2nd.
Seiko Higa, founder of Shodokan Goju Ryu and Chojun Miyagi's early successor,
Chojun Miyagi begins his training with Kanryo Higaonna.
Choboku Takamine is born on March 24th.
Gogen Yamaguchi, founder of Japanese Goju Ryu, is born on January 21st.
Meitoku Yagi, founder of Meibukan Goju Ryu and Chojun Miyagi's later successor, is born on March 6th.
Kanryo Higaonna dies on December 23rd. Chojun Miyagi travels to Foochow province in China and trains in several local styles.
Chojun Miyagi returns to Okinawa. 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.
Seikichi Higa is born on February 10th.
Chojun Miyagi founds Goju Ryu karate, also becoming the first to give his style a name other than that of the city from which it is practiced.
Chojun Miyagi travels to Japan and teaches karate at universities.
Gogen Yamaguchi invites Chojun Miyagi to Japan.
Gogen Yamaguchi establishes Japanese Goju Ryu headquarters in Tokyo. Chojun Miyagi named Karate Division Chairman of the Okinawan Prefecture Athletic Association.
An'ichi Miyagi is born on Feb. 9th.
Anthony Mirakian is born on November 12th. Chuck Merriman is born on January 8th.
Chojun Miyagi lectures and teaches karate in Hawaii. He also becomes a permanent officer of the Dai Nippon Butokukai (Great Japan Martial Virtues Association). Peter Urban is born on August 14th in Jersey City, New Jersey.
All Japan Goju-Kai Karate-Do Association founded by Gogen Yamaguchi, who also originates jiyu-kumite (free sparring), the basis for sport karate as it is known today. Gosei Yamaguchi is born on January 15th in Kyoto.
Chojun Miyagi receives a medal for "Excellence in the Martial Arts" from the Japanese Ministry of Education. He also travels to Shanghai and studies Chinese martial arts at the Seibu Dai Iku Kai (Great Gymnastic Association, Pure Martial Arts Spirit).
Chojun Miyagi, along with other stylists, forms the Dai Nippon Butokukai Karate Jukkyoshi (Great Japan Martial Arts Karate Teachers Association). He also receives a Kyoshi degree from the Dai Nippon Butokukai.
Masanobu Shinjo, founder of the Shobukan style, is born. Morio Higaonna, founder of the IOGKF, is born on December 25th.
Gogen Yamaguchi is sent to Manchuria as an intelligence officer, where he is captured and held by the Russians.
Chojun Miyagi creates the katas Gekisai Dai Ichi and Gekisai Dai Ni.
Meitatsu Yagi is born in June.
Chojun Miyagi was 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 founds the Karate-Do Goju-Kai in Tokyo.
Chojun Miyagi dies on October 8th. Meitoku Yagi forms the Meibukan.
Shikan Akimine (a student of Seiko Higa) opens the first Goju Ryu dojo in Brazil. Seikichi Toguchi forms the Shoreikan.
Peter Urban introduces Goju Ryu to the United States.
Anthony Mirakian brings Okinawan Goju Ryu (Meibukan) to the United States.
Lou Angel (a student of Peter Urban) leaves Brooklin and starts first Goju Ryu dojo in midwest, 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--Ueno,Japan.
Gosei Yamaguchi joins his brother Goshi in San Francisco. Gogen Yamaguchi helps form the All Japan Karate-Do Federation.
Frank Ruiz and Harry Rosenstein (students of Peter Urban) form the Nisei Goju System
Peter Urban founds USA Goju. Seiko Higa dies.
Ron Van Clief (a student of Peter Urban) forms Chinese Goju
Harry Rosenstein forms Kanzen Goju Ryu
Morio Higaonna forms the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF)
Lou Angel forms Tenshi-Goju Kai, in Joplin, Mo.
Gogen Yamaguchi dies on May 20th.
Masafumi Suzuki dies on October 11th.
Masanobu Shinjo dies on October 15th.