Martial Arts Wisdom



Chronology of Events




1851

Kanryo Higaonna, founder of Naha-Te, is born on March 10th.

 

1866

Kanryo Higaonna sails to Fukien province in China, where he studies Chinese martial arts under Ryu Ryuko.

 

1888

Chojun Miyagi, founder of Goju Ryu, is born on April 25th.

 

1890

Kanryo Higaonna introduces Naha-Te and a breathing exercise called Sanchin.

 

1896

Yoshio Itokazu is born on October 2nd.

 

1898

Seiko Higa, founder of Shodokan Goju Ryu and Chojun Miyagi's early successor, is born.

 

1902

Chojun Miyagi begins his training with Kanryo Higaonna.

 

1908

Choboku Takamine is born on March 24th.

 

1909

Gogen Yamaguchi, founder of Japanese Goju Ryu, is born on January 21st.

 

1912

Meitoku Yagi, founder of Meibukan Goju Ryu and Chojun Miyagi's later successor, is born on March 6th.

 

1915

Kanryo Higaonna dies on December 23rd. Chojun Miyagi travels to Foochow province in China and trains in several local styles.

 

1917

Chojun Miyagi returns to Okinawa. Seikichi Toguchi , the founder of Shoreikan Goju Ryu, is born on May 20th.

 

1922

Eiichi Miyazato, founder of Jundokan Goju Ryu, is born on July 5th.

 

1927

Seikichi Higa is born on February 10th.

 

1927-1928

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.

 

1928

Chojun Miyagi travels to Japan and teaches karate at universities.

 

1929

Gogen Yamaguchi invites Chojun Miyagi to Japan.

 

1930

Gogen Yamaguchi establishes Japanese Goju Ryu headquarters in Tokyo. Chojun Miyagi named Karate Division Chairman of the Okinawan Prefecture Athletic Association.

 

1931

An'ichi Miyagi is born on Feb. 9th.

 

1933

Anthony Mirakian is born on November 12th. Chuck Merriman is born on January 8th.

 

1934

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.

 

1935

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.

 

1936

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).

 

1937

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.

 

1938

Masanobu Shinjo, founder of the Shobukan style, is born. Morio Higaonna, founder of the IOGKF, is born on December 25th.

 

1939

Gogen Yamaguchi is sent to Manchuria as an intelligence officer, where he is captured and held by the Russians.

 

1940

Chojun Miyagi creates the katas Gekisai Dai Ichi and Gekisai Dai Ni.

 

1944

Meitatsu Yagi is born in June.

 

1946

Chojun Miyagi was made an official of the Okinawa Minsei Taiiku Kan (Okinawa Democratic Athletic Association).

 

1947

Gogen Yamaguchi is freed by the Russians and returns to Japan.

 

1950

Gogen Yamaguchi founds the Karate-Do Goju-Kai in Tokyo.

 

1953

Chojun Miyagi dies on October 8th. Meitoku Yagi forms the Meibukan.

 

1955

Shikan Akimine (a student of Seiko Higa) opens the first Goju Ryu dojo in Brazil. Seikichi Toguchi forms the Shoreikan.

 

1959

Peter Urban introduces Goju Ryu to the United States.

 

1960

Anthony Mirakian brings Okinawan Goju Ryu (Meibukan) to the United States.

 

1961

Lou Angel (a student of Peter Urban) leaves Brooklin and starts first Goju Ryu dojo in midwest, US at Tulsa, OK

 

1963

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.

 

1964

Gosei Yamaguchi joins his brother Goshi in San Francisco. Gogen Yamaguchi helps form the All Japan Karate-Do Federation.

 

1965

Frank Ruiz and Harry Rosenstein (students of Peter Urban) form the Nisei Goju System

 

1966

Peter Urban founds USA Goju. Seiko Higa dies.

 

1973

Ron Van Clief (a student of Peter Urban) forms Chinese Goju

 

1974

Harry Rosenstein forms Kanzen Goju Ryu

 

1979

Morio Higaonna forms the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF)

 

1987

Lou Angel forms Tenshi-Goju Kai, in Joplin, Mo.

 

1989

Gogen Yamaguchi dies on May 20th.

 

1991

Masafumi Suzuki dies on October 11th.

 

1993

Masanobu Shinjo dies on October 15th.

 

1998

Seikichi Toguchi dies on Aug. 31st.