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Battle in four directions

Shisochin means "battle in four directions". It is of Chinese origin, taught to Kanryo Higaonna by Ryu Ryuku. It is said to be one of Chojun Miyagi's favourite kata in his later years, and that it was well suited to his body.

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Chronology 1950-1999
武術 Chronology 1950-1999

April 8th - Eizo Ujita Sensei is born.

May - Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Sensei officially reorganized and formed the All Japan Karatedo Gojukai in Tokyo (the original JKF Gojukai). 30,000 members are contacted throughout the country to help 'set up shop'.

May - Shozo Ujita Sensei is recognized as Shihan of Ritsumeikan University Karatedo Club.
May - The Gogen Yamaguchi opens his Asakusa Senzoku Dojo in the Asakusa District of Tokyo. This Dojo would become Hombu Dojo for his JKGA Gojukai.

June - Toshisada Kono Sensei graduates from the Japan Medical College.

June - Takeo Ogha graduates from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

Masafumi Suzuki moves to Okinasa and begins his Gojuryu Karatedo training at the garden dojo of Chojun Miyagi Sensei under the primary guidance of Ei'ichi Miyazato Sensei.

Motomasa Mayama Sensei (Jundo-Kan & JKF Gojukai) begins his formal study of Gojuryu Karatedo.

Miyagi Sensei began accepting a few students again at his garden Dojo. Prior to this, the only two students who trained regularly at his Dojo were An'ichi Miyagi Sensei and Aragaki Suechi Sensei. Later this same year, Ani'ichi Miyagi Sensei stops his training at the garden dojo of Chojun Miyagi Sensei.

Tasaki Shuji Sensei joins Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Sensei at the Asakusa Dojo in Tokyo.

April - Shozo Ujita Sensei is elected as a Member of the Wakayama City Assembly.

Gohhohyoue Yamamoto begins training Goju Ryu Karatedo with Gogen Yamaguchi.

January - As per the articles of the San Francisco Peace Treaty, Japan regained her sovereignty. The Dai Nippon Butokukai 大日本武徳会 was allowed to open its doors to classical martial arts again.

Chojun Miyagi Sensei is named "Chairman" of the "Goju-Ryu Advancement Society".

Manyof Chojun Miyagi Sensei's former students began to return from the war and resume training. It is estimated that a full one third [1/3] of the population of Okinawa was lost due to the war and battle of Okinawa.

The Kokusai Budoin aka International Martial Arts Federation [国際武道院・国際武道連盟 Kokusai Budoin Kokusai Budo Renmei aka IMAF or International Martial Arts Federation]is is formed as an organization to provide access to archives of historical information and sources of traditional instruction, as well as to promote Japanese martial arts having headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and has established branches in 17 countries, with members throughout the world comprised of the following seven divisions:

  1. Judo, 
  2. Kendo, 
  3. Karatedo, 
  4. Aikido, 
  5. Iaido, 
  6. Nihon Jujutsu and 
  7. Kobudo.

Meitoku Yagi is given permission to give instruction. Upon which time he opens the original Meibukan Karate Dojo.

Shiomi Akira Sensei began his formal study of Gojuryu Karatedo.

May 23rd - Mabuni Kenwa Sensei founder of Shito-Ryu dies in Osaka Japan.

Hironori Kou Ohtsuka [founder of Wado Ryu] establishes his Hombu Dojo at Tsukiji Tokyo.

June 1 - The First Wado Ryu Demonstration tournament is held.

1953 [Showa 28]
The Dai Nippon Butokukai is reorganized with private funding.
  • Higashi Fushimi, of the Showa Royal family, serves as patron; 
  • Ono Kumao, a prominent Hokkiryu swordsman, serves as Director. 
October 8th - Miyagi Sensei dies and is laid to rest in a tomb in Tomigusuku City. This grave would later be remodeled to an extensive tomb by Eiichi Miyazato, the city of Naha and Tomigusuku and the Kuroi-obi Kai.

Having never having named [officially in writing] a successor. Some say he told the students of the garden Dojo and his wife, that Ei'Ichi Miyazato was to continue his teachings however, Chojun Miyagi Sensei's death came early and unexpected, therefore he had not yet prepared for the future of Gojuryu and had never officially appointed a successor.

November - Senior students of Chojun Miyagi Sensei meet at the house of Genkai Nakaima. Those present include Seiko Kina, Meitoku Yagi, Jitsue Yogi, Ei'ichi Miyazato and Koshin Iha.

Upon the death Chojun Miyagi, Meitoku Yagi Sensei assumes the position of "Chairman" of the Gojuryu Advancement Society". A position vacated by the death of Chojun Miyagi Sensei.

Seikichi Toguchi Sensei creates Shoreikan Gojuryu Karatedo club and becomes a permanent member of the Gojuryu Karatedo Advancement Society.

Yutaka Ishikawa Sensei begins studying Gojuryu Karatedo.

The present day 'Dai Nippon Butoku Kai' was reestablished with a new charter and the new philosophical vision. The Late Kumao Ohno Sensei was instrumental in this process as the vice chair. The Honorable Jigo Higashi Fushimi, the supreme abbot of Shorenin Temple in Kyoto, a brother to Empress of Emperor Hirohito became the chairman of the new society.

December 1953 - Eichi Miyazato Sensei began teaching at Chojun Miyagi Sensei's Garden Dojo (Tsuboya, Naha City).

Ei'ichi Miyazato Sensei would later assume Chojun Miyagi Sensei's teaching role at the Naha Police Academy.

Mayama Motomasa Sensei Graduates from Chuo University.

Fukunaga Satohiko Sensei begins his formal study of Gojuryu Karatedo.

At the request and consent of the wife of Chojun Miyagi Sensei, training resumes at the garden dojo being led by Ei'ichi Miyazato, Koshin Iha and Mr. Inami.
Tomoharu Kisaki [Goju Ryu] opens the Yuinshinkan Dojo in Osaka Japan. Tomoharu Kisaki was a top student of Gogen Yamaguchi and a Co-Founder of All Japan Karatedo Association.

February - A formal meeting, Chaired by Nakaima Sensei, of the students of Chojun Miyagi is held in the Matsuo district of Naha to decide the recognized successor of Chojun Miyagi. Ei'ichi Miyazato Sensei is recommended with the objection Meitoku Yagi Sensei. Kin Miyagi [2nd son of Chojun Miyagi] endorses the recommendation of Ei'ichi Miyazato Sensei by expressing that it would have been Chojun Miyagi Sensei desire.

Seikichi Toguchi opens a dojo in Koza city Okinawa. Calling it the Shorei Kan Dojo. This would not only become famous amound US Military members stationed in Okinawa however would also become the name of his entire association.

March 20th - The Japan Karatedo Kyokai [JKA - Shotokan] opens its first official dojo in Yotsuya Japan.

March 22nd - Saigo Kichinosuke is named Chairman of the JKA [Saigo Kichinosuke was a , member of the upper house of the Japanese Diet and grandson of Saigo Takamori, one of the greatest heroes of Meiji Japan].
"Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai", (Ancient Weapons Promotion and Preservation Society) was founded.
Kyo Mouri [President JKF Gojukai 1997-1998] becomes Shihan of Ohita University Karatedo Club. Shihan of Ohita Prefecture Police Academy and Shihan of Kyushu Nyugyo Co Ltd Karatedo club.
Meitoku Yagi and Seikichi Toguchi visit Kiyoda Juhatsu whom trained with Chojun Miyagi under the guidance of Kanryo Higaonna. 

December 8 - Budo Festival held at Naha Theater in memory of the Gojuryu Founder Choujun Miyagi.

Shiomi Akira Sensei Graduated from Ritsumeikan University.

May - Zen Okinawa Karate-do Renmei was founded co-founded by Meitoku Yagi Sensei (1st President: Choshin Chibana).

Meitoku Yagi Sensei, Ei'Ichi Miyazato and Seiko Higa co-found the Zen Okinawa Karatedo Gojukai where Meitoku Yagi is appointed President and Seiko Higa Vice President.

April 1st - The Japan Karatedo Kyokai [JKA - Shotokan] sets up the first ever kenshusei [Karatedo instructors program].
April - Masatatsu Oyama organizes opens his first official Dojo. At this time, his unique style of Martial Arts blending Shotokan and Gojuryu Karate is only nicknamed Kyokushin. [see also 1964]

June - Jundokan was relocated to the site upon which it now stands in Asato, Naha City.
July - Shimabukuro Sensei reorganizes his style and calls it Isshin Ryu.

With the blessing of Mrs. Makato Miyagi, Eiichi Miyazato established Jundokan Dojo in the Asato district of Naha Okinawa with the assistance of Koshin Iha.

Kei Takeshi Miyagi [son of Chojun Miyagi] opens a Dojo in Tokyo and is assisted by Shuichi Aragaki whom also trained with Chojun Miyagi [1951].
Seiichi “Shikan” Akamine (a student of Seiko Higa) opens the first Gojuryu dojo in Brazil.

Yutaka Ishikawa Sensei Graduated from Kagawa University.

Yoshiaki Ajari [former JKGA Gojukai Yondan with Shodan and Nidan certifications by Chojun Miyagi via Shozo Ujita], comes to the United States to learn English at San Jose Community College and continue his studies of architectural engineering at the University of Califomia Berkeley. While in San Jose and Hayward California he begins teaching the Gojuryu karatedo at San Jose Jr College. This marks the first official and confirmed introduction of Gojuryu Karatedo to the mainland USA.

April 10th - The Japan Karatedo Kyokai [JKA - Shotokan] becomes a legal entity under the authority of the Japan Atheltic Association [JAA] and Ministry of Education. The JKA would later [in 1969] be restructured under the Japan Karate Federation as a formal Ryu-ha. 

April 26th - Gichin Funakoshi, Founder of Shotokan dies.
June - In an immediate response to the death of Gichin Funakoshi, the official recognition of the JKA having become a legal entity, and the vast majority Korean Martial Artists engaging in Kyokushin Karate and Shotokan; the government of Korea nationalizes all Martial Arts under the name of Tae Kwon Do. 
Prince Higashikuni Naruhiko became the honorary chairman of the Kokusai Budoin, aka the "International Martial Arts Federation" [IMAF].
September 10th - Iwao Yamazaki is named the second JKA Chairman.
October 20th - The 1st JKA All Japan Karate Championship held at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Eizo Ujita Sensei started his formal study of Gojuryu Karatedo at his fathers Kenbukan Dojo in Wakayama.

April 10th - Masatoshi Nakayama becomes Chief Instructor of the JKA

April, Shozo Ujita Sensei becomes a member of the [Japan] Wakayama Prefecture Assembly.

Masaichi Oshiro Sensei [aka "Bingo"] trains in Japan in Gojuryu Karatedo with Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi. After one year he would continue his training in Okinawa for six months with Yagi Meitoku. Returning to Hawaii, Masaichi Oshiro Sensei teaches Gojuryu [previousely taught Kempo Jiu-Jitsu] to his students at his dojo the Te-Ken Jutsu Kai.

Peter Urban Sensei introduces Gojuryu Karatedo to the east coast of the United States in Union City - New Jersey.

An'ichi Miyagi surrenders his teaching position at the Jundokan Dojo for a salary position working at a tanker company.

June 2nd - Shuji Masutani becomes third JKA Chairman

Seiko Higa Sensei creates the Shodokan Gojuryu Karatedo Club.

Morio Higaonna Sensei [IOGKF] leaves Okinawa for studies at Tokyo Takushoku University. While there he begins teaching at the, now famous, Yoyogi Dojo.

June 17 - The First meeting of the Okinawa Kobudo Assocation is held in Naha Okinawa.
August - Peter Urban Sensei secures a lease and opens his first official Dojo in the Chinatown district of New York City. The unnofficial name [street name] it widely becomes known as is "Chinatown Dojo".

December 30 - The Dan / kyu rank system is introduced by Okinawa karate-do Renmei at the first all style dan grading on Okinawa presided by Shoshin Nagamine.

Hokama Sensei begins training with Seiko Higa Sensei at Naha Commercial High School.

Masaichi Oshiro Sensei returns from Japan having trained Gojuryu Karatedo with Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi for one year and continued his training in Okinawa for six months with Yagi Meitoku. Upon his returning to Hawaii, Masaichi Oshiro Sensei teaches Gojuryu [previousely taught Kempo Jiu-Jitsu] to his students at his dojo the Te-Ken Jutsu Kai.

June 11th - The Japan Crown Prince attends 5th JKA All Japan Karate Championship.
August - Gosen Yamaguchi Sensei, 2nd son of Gogen Yamaguchi, travels to San Francisco Califonia for University studies and with the assignment to start a club or open a Dojo.

Gohhohyoue Yamamoto earns the grade of 5th Dan in Goju Ryu Karatedo under the guidance of Gogen Yamaguchi.

January - Gosen Yamaguchi Sensei, son of Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei, introduced Gojukai in San Francisco, at the University of San Francisco.

Kyo Mouri Sensei becomes the Executive director of the Ohita City Dentists Association.

October 8 - The sculptured bust of Chojun Miyagi sensei was placed in the Police Gymnasium and a Budo demonstration was held to mark the 10th anniversary of Chojun Miyagi Sensei's passing.

April - Gogen Yamaguchi's hosts the All Japan Karatedo Gojukai Shiai:
  • 1st Place - Shuji Tasaki, 
  • 2nd Place - Gonnohyoe Yamamoto,
  • 3rd Place - Mutsuo Shimotoku
  • 4th Place - Goshi Yamaguchi.
May - Gohhohyoue Yamamoto travels to San Francisco California to assist Gosen Yamaguchi with the newly founded Gojukai club at the University of San Francisco.
June - Goshi Yamaguchi travels to San Francisco California to assist Gosen Yamaguchi with the newly founded Gojukai club at the University of San Francisco.

Merv Oakley establishes a Yamaguchi-ha Gojukai branch in Australia.
October 3, A life sized statue of the bust of Chojun Miyagi is set in the Okinawa Police Gymnasium which was the previous location of the Naha Okinawa Butokuden in memory of the tenth year of his passing.

Meitoku Yagi receives Miyagi Sensei's Gi and Obi. However, this Gi was purchased for Chojun Miyagi Sensei by Ei'Ichi Miyazato when Miyazato went to Japan to compete in Judo. Today, it hangs in his Meibu-Kan Dojo.

Koshin Iha performed an Enbu demonstration to commemorate the unveiling ceremony of a bust of Chojun Miyagi at the Naha Polica Academy.

August - Gosei Yamaguchi Sensei joins his younger brothers Gosen and Goshi in San Francisco California and eventually takes leadership Gojukai USA. Goshi Yamaguchi soon returns home for University and family assignments.

October - Rodney Hu becomes a 3rd Dan Chief Instructor under Gosei Yamaguchi Sensei. In Hawaii Hu Sensei was a student of Oshiro Masaichi Sensei, who was the Gojukai Hawaiian representative. Rodney Hu Sensei openeds the first registered Shibu Dojo of Gojukai in Stockton, California.
September - Lou Angel [New York] receives the grade of 3rd Dan from Gogen Yamaguchi after extensive training at the Ueno Dojo in Tokyo Japan.

March - Masutatsu Oyama officially names and founds his organization Kyokushinkai Kaikan.
May 1st - Japan Karate Federation established with Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi as a Senior co-founder. The first joint demonstration of the federation is held at the Tokyo Budokan where Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi performs Superinpei. This original version of the JKF was know as the "Federation of all Japan Karatedo Organization [FAJKO].

April - Shozo Ujita Sensei accedes to President of Wakayama Karatedo Federation.

June - Gosei Yamaguchi arrives in San Francisco, California - and joins his brothers Goshi and Gosen.

August - Namiki Tomonori Sensei begins his formal study of Gojuryu Karatedo.

Leo Lipinski officially founds Gogen Yamaguchi's Gojukai in South Africa.

8th JKA All Japan Karate Championship cancelled as the World Olympic games are held in Tokyo.
The Kokusai Budo Renmei - (The International Martial Arts Federation) in Japan, whose chairman was Prince Higashikuni of the Japanese Imperial Family appointed Master Yamaguchi as a Shihan - Master of that organisations Karatedo division.

May - the All Japan Karatedo Gojukai [JKGA] hosts its 2nd Championship tournament in Wakayama Prefecture Japan. First place winner being Hirano Osamu, 2nd place being Shuji Tasaki [competing with a broken arm].

June 20th - Date of 8th JKA All Japan Championship, marking a new location for all future JKA championships to be held at Nippon Budokan.
June - June - Goshi Yamaguchi returns to San Francisco California to assist Gosei Yamaguchi with the Gojukai club at the University of San Francisco and organizing and extensive USA based association. Although clubs already exist in Hawaii [Masaichi Oshiro] and South Africa [Leo Lipinski] his becomes the first official branch of the IKGA.
September - Talks to form the All Japan Karatedo Federation [Zen Nihon Karate-do Renmei] begin. This early phase primarily includes Gogen Yamaguchi, JKA Seniors and Shoshin Nagamine [see 1967].

December 4th - JKA headquarters dojo moves to Koraku Japan.

Peter Urban begins teaching 232 Canal St. in Manhatten - New York City, USA.

April 16th - Seiko Higa Sensei, one of Chojun Miyagi Sensei's first students whom also trained with Kanryo Higaonna, dies of natural causes at the age of 68.

June 10th - Kakuei Tanaka becomes fourth JKA Chairman

July - Shozo Ujita Sensei ascends to Mayor of Wakayama and will maintain this position for the next Twenty [20] years until 1986.
July - With the help of the National Government of Korea, the ITF - International Tae Kwon Do Federation becomes a legal entity.
Yasunobu Nagai establishes a Yamagaguchi-ha Gojukai Dojo in Perth Western Australia.
Tino Ceberano establishes a Yamagaguchi-ha Gojukai Dojo in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

October 8 - Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi, Gosei Yamaguchi and Goshi Yamaguchi visit Hawaii at the invitation of Masaichi Oshiro to attend an exhibition and tournament was held at the McKinley High School auditorium. Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Sensei awards Masaichi Oshiro Sensei of Hawaii the rank of Godan.

Zen Okinawa Karatedo Renmei is formed.

Hironori Kou Ohtsuka [founder of Wado Ryu] is honored with the "Fifth order of Merit" for his contributions to Karate-do.

Joseph Lopez opens the New York Gojukai becoming the North East representative for the Gojukai USA.

Meitoku Yagi Sensei becomes the Vice President of the Zen Okinawa Karatedo Renmei of which he co-founded in 1956.

Namiki Tomonori Sensei [JKF Gojukai] Graduated from Nihon University.

June 11 to 25 - The All Okinawa Karate Kobudo Rengokai hold its competition and general meeting [convention] in Naha.

The "Zen Nihon Karate-do Renmei" [All Japan Karate Federation] is receives legal entitlement naming the 1st President - Shoshin Nagamine.

November - The East Coast Gojukai Tournament is held at the Manhatten Center of New York City, Hosted by Aaron Banks and attended by Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi, Gosei Yamaguchi, Gosen Yamaguchi and Goshi Yamaguchi.

February - Shozo Ujita comes to California, meeting Ronald Reagan, California Governor January 1967 - December 1974, with an introduction from Yoshiaki Ajari [former JKGA Gojukai Yondan with Shodan and Nidan certifications by Chojun Miyagi via Shozo Ujita however at the time an active member JKF Wadokai].
Yoshiaki Ajari and Gosei Yamaguchi host the 2nd Japan Goodwill Karatedo Tournament in San Francisco CA. 
Kei Takeshi Miyagi [son of Chojun Miyagi] publishes his first book "Seitou Gojuryu" which translates as Traditional or Orthodox Gojuryu.

April - Seiichi Fujiwara enters Chiba Commercial College / University and joins the Karate Club.

May - Shozo Ujita Sensei becomes Shihan of the Wakayama Medical College Karatedo club.

Gosen Yamaguchi moves to Frankfurt Germany working for Japan Airlines and teaches Gojuryu Karatedo in Europe, including to Kiyoshi Ogawa.

June 10th - Shuji Masutani returns as fifth JKA Chairman

August 31st - Kyoda Juhatsu Dies. The founder of To'on Ryu, Kyoda Juhatsu was a class mate to Chojun Miyagi and Kenwa Mubuni under Kanryo Higaonna from 1902 to 1915.

Tomano Sensei, student of Seikichi Toguchi, teaches in New York.

Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Sensei is honored by Emperor Hirohito of Japan with Ranju-Hosho, the Blue Ribbon Medal and the Fifth Order of Merit.

Ei'Ichi Miyazato Sensei creates the Okinawa Gojuryu Karatedo Renmei [whereas Ei'ichi Miyazato is President and Koshin Iha is elected Vice-President] and also rebuilds the Jundokan Dojo [expands the Jundokan dojo].

Gojukai [Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi's Gojuryu Karatedo] now has 112 Dojo in Japan. There are also 29 public Organizations, 24 college clubs and 29 high school clubs. There are also overseas regions in Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea, Formosa, Philippines, Australia, and the USA.

February - Chosen Chibana dies.
Meitoku Yagi creates teh Zen Okinawa Karatedo Renmei.

Chinen Teruo Sensei, a student of Ei'Ichi Miyazato at the Jundokan in Okinawa, introduces Okinawa Gojuryu in Spokane, Washington. Today, Chinen Sensei heads Jundokan International.

Japan Karatedo Federation [JKF] receives formal approval and recognition as a
foundation from the Japan Ministry of Education.

April - Shozo Ujita Sensei [JKF Gojukai - Kenbukan] elected to be the Vice President of JKF. He would later become President of JKF Gojukai in April of 1977.

April - Hironori Kou Ohtsuka [founder of Wado Ryu] electted as Vice Chairman of the JKF.

Kyo Mouri Sensei becomes the President of the Ohita Prefecture Karatedo Federation. He would later become President of the JKF Gojukai 1997-1998.

Ueshiba Morihei Dies. Ueshiba Morihei was the founder of Aikido.
Shoshin Nagamine visits Hawaii sponsored  by Hawaii Karate Legend 'Tommy Morita'.

The Okinawa Gojuryu Katrate-do Kyokai was established with the Jundokan as the head dojo.

Nobember 1 - Gogen and Gosei Yamaguchi attend the Gojukai karatedo Championships held at the Honolulu Auditorium hosted by Masaichi Oshiro and his Gojukai dojo the Te-Ken Jutsu Kai.

Gonnohyoe Yamamoto publishes his book "Tsuyokunaru Karate no Kitetsu" [Strong Karate Secrets].

The Jundokan is rebuilt of concrete and steel and constructed adjacent to its original location.

John S. O'Hara Sensei opens Gojuryu Karatedo of Bakersfield in Bakersfield, California and is appointed Gojukai Central California Representative by Gosei Yamaguchi Sensei.

Taira Shinken Sensei (Ryukyu Kobudo) dies.

The Butokuden declared a national treasure.
Gogen Yamaguchi visits Australia for the first time.
September - The International Karatedo Gojuryu Kai (IKGA Yamaguchi-Ha) reaches an all time high of over 400,000 members throughout the world, and over 20,000 students in the USA as well as 68 Dojo. Up to date this is the largest Karatedo Association of all time.

October - The 1st WUKO [WKF] World Championship is held in Tokyo Japan. Athletes from 33 countries participate and the only divisions are Mens Open Individual Kumite and Mens Team Kumite.
October 10 - Representatives from 33 Countries sign an inaugural declaration to officially form the World Union of Karatedo Organizations which would later become the World Karatedo Federation [WKF] in 1999.
October - Current President of the Japan Karatedo Federation [JKF] better knowas as FAJKO, 'Ryoichi Sasakawa' is elected 1st President of WUKO.

November 29 - the distinguished 3 story, 2 year college envisioned by Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi is completed in Tokyo.

August, Shozo Ujita Sensei becomes the head of the JKF Kansai Area Council and acts as the Vice-Chairman of All Japan Mayor's Conference.

Gosen Yamaguchi returns to Japan having worked in Frankfurt Germany during his early career with Japan Airlines. While in Frankfurt he also taught Gojuryu Karatedo.

Eiichi Miyazato [Jundokan] publishes his first and only text "Okinawa-Den" about the kata of Gojuryu Karatedo.
Ryuei Ryu is becomes publiclly taught in Okinawa by Kenko Nakaima, Grandson to the founder of the system Norisato Nakaima whom originally introduced to Okinawa in 1875.

April 2nd - Kyoto, With the establishment of Japan Karatedo Federation and the JKF having joined the Japan Amateur Sports Association, Shozo Ujita Sensei and others ratify the All Japan Karatedo Gojukai organization and form the JKF Gojukai. Over 60 members attend this inauguration and appoint the following:
  • President: Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Sensei.
  • Vice-president: Jitsuei Yogi Sensei, Soh Nei Choo Sensei & Yukinori Uehara Sensei.
  • Chairman of Board: Shozo Ujita Sensei.
  • Vice-chairman: Tomoharu Kizaki Sensei, Kenzo Uchiage Sensei, Kyo Mouri Sensei, Haruyoshi Kagawa Sensei & Seigo Tada Sensei.
  • General Secretary: Kuranosuke Kimura Sensei.

  • April - Shozo Ujita Sensei becomes Acting Chairman of All Japan Mayor's Conference.

    April - Toshisada Kono Sensei becomes Chairman of JKF Gojukai Kanto Area Council.
    May - Judo premiers as an official Olympic Sport, having easily edged out both Karate and Tae Kwon Do.
    JKGA / IKGA hosts the World Gojukai tournament in Manila Philippines.

    Shuji Tasaki organizes Seiwakai Gojuryu Karatedo with the assistance and support of Sensei Toshisada Kono [President of Seiwa Co., Ltd.,].

    June 19th - Zentaro Kosaka becomes sixth JKA Chairman.

    With the endorsement of the late Kumao Ono Hanshi and under the official directive from the Dai Nippon Butokukai 大日本武徳会 Hombu, the first official International division [founding of Virginia USA division] of the Dai Nippon Butokukai 大日本武徳会, outside of Japan, was established in Virginia by Teshin Hamada Hanshi serves as the director. The branch would later be established as the USA and International division in 1985.

    Kei Takeshi Miyagi [son of Chojun Miyagi] publishes his second [2nd] book "Seitou Karatedo Nyumon" which translates as Traditional or Orthodox Karatedo Basics".

    Ei'ichi Miyazato [Jundokan] retires from the Ryukyu Police Department.

    October 9 - Hironori Kou Ohtsuka [founder of Wado Ryu] is awarded "Meijin" by the Uncle of the Emporer of Japan.

    April - Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Sensei opens his Suginami-Ku Hombu Dojo. At it, he hosts the world's first karate college [an experimental concept]. This unique and experimental concept includes instruction in:
  • Wado-Ryu; Hironori Kou Ohtsuka
  • Shito-Ryu; Manzo Iwata
  • Rembukan; Hiroyasu Tamae
  • Gojuryu; Goshi Yamaguchi
  • Ryukyu Kobudo; Motokasu Inoue
  • Yoga; Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi.

  • April - Seiichi Fujiwara follows Shuji Tasaki in the new organization Seiwa Kai Gojuryu Karatedo.

    Meitoku Yagi Sensei becomes the President of the Zen Okinawa Karatedo Renmei of which he co-founded in 1956.

    Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Sensei resigns from his position as President of the Japan Karatedo Federation Gojukai (JKF Gojukai). He maintains his positions of leadership in his organizations the All Japan Karatedo Gojukai Association [JKGA] and his fledgling organization the International Karatedo Gojukai Association [IKGA].
    With the race of an Olympic bid, the World Tae Kwon Do Federation [WTF] is formed.

    Yukinori Uehara Sensei accedes to acting president of the JKF Gojukai.

    Toshisada Kono Sensei becomes President of Seiwa Co., Ltd., Yes as in Gojuryu Karatedo Seiwakai.

    October 7th - 20th Anniversary Memorial of Chojun Miyagi Sensei at the Civic Center Naha Okinawa. Opening the ceremonies is chief organizer; Gogen Yamaguchi. Tournament for paying homage to 20th anniversary of Chojun Miyagi Sensei's death was also held.
    October 30th - JKA headquarters dojo moves to Ebisu.

    Goshi Yamaguchi visits Australia for the first time on teaching assignment for the IKGA.

    October - Seiichi Fujiwara opens his first dojo in Wakatake-cho Oomagari [now Daisen] of Northern Japan near the Akita region.

    February - the 1st JKF Gojukai annual tournament [Shiai] held in Kyoto.

    May 3 - Tatsuo Shimabuku, Founder of Isshin Ryu dies of natural causes.

    Ujita Eizo Sensei Graduated from Waseda University.

    October 20th - A division of the JKA - IAKF World Cup is hosted in U.S. and continues every other year for four times.

    November 1st - JKA resigns from Japan Karate Federation

    November - the JKF Gojukai standardizes 4 basic Kata; Sanchin, Tensho, Saifa and Seiyunchin.

    Establishment of All Japan Aikido Federation
    Shoshin Nagamine releases the book "The Essence of Okinawan Karatedo" published by Charles E. Tuttle Company.

    Meitoku Yagi Sensei is awarded the rank of 10th Dan by the board and panel of the Zen Okinawa Karatedo Renmei along with Shoshin Nagamine Sensei.

    April - Shozo Ujita Sensei becomes the Official 2nd President of the JKF Gojukai.

    March - Gogen Yamaguchi Hanshi and Izumigawa Kanki Sensei visit Meituko Yagi Sensei to further establish technical relationships and to train in his Dojo in Okinawa and receive instruction in Kata
    Shoshin Nagamine visits Hawaii sponsored  by Hawaii Karate 'Tommy Morita'.
    June - Eiichi Miyazato publishes his first and only text book [Japanese only], "Okinawa-Den Gojuryu Karate-Do".

    Morio Higaonna [IOGKF] leaves Miyazato Eiichi [Jundokan] Sensei.
    July - Morio Higaonna Sensei forms the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Federation with the support of Ken Miyagi [fourth son of Chojun Miyagi], An’ichi Miyagi and senior students of the late Chojun Miyagi: Seiko Kina, Seijin Nakamoto, Kiei Tomoyose, Shunshin Furugen, Jitsuei Yogi, and Shuichi Aragaki. An'ichi Miyagi was appointed honorary chairman; and Morio Higaonna was appointed world chief-instructor. Note, Morio Higaonna had long been teaching in Japan at the Yoyogi Dojo and Internationally since 1960.

    September 8 - Eiichi Miyazato is awarded the grade of Hanshi by the All Japan Karate-do Federation [JKF].

    The remaining of 8 Kata (Gekisai ichi and Ni, Shisochin, Sanseiru, Seisan, Seipai, Kururunfa and Superinpei) were decided to become standardized by the JKF Gojukai based on Jundokan practices.

    May 1 - Eiichi Miyazato [Okinawa Jundokan Gojuryu Karatedo] is graded to 7th Dan in Judo by the Nippon Kodokan.

    Morio Higaonna Sensei [IOGKF] leaves the Yoyogi Dojo of Tokyo Japan after 21 years.

    August - The dojo under the direction of Eiichi Miyazato, Zenpo Shimabukuro, Shoshin Nagamine, Seikichi Higa and Yuchoku Higa resign from the All Okinawa Karate-do Renmei and formed the Okinawa-ken Karatedo Renmei. They unanimously elect Shoshin Nagamine as the first President.

    August - The Okinawa-Ken Karate-do Renmei affiliates with the Japan Karatedo Federation [JKF] and is recognized by the Japan Atheltic Association [JAA] and Ministry of Education. The primary reason for doing this was getting Okinawa karate recognized as a National Sport in Japan.

    JKA returns to Japan Karate Federation as supporter of each karate style.

    November 30 - Hohan Soken, founder of Okinawan Matsumura Shorin-ryu Karate dies of natural causes.

    Ohtsuka Hironori Dies, Ohtsuka Hironori was the founder of Wado Ryu.

    Kyo Mouri Sensei is elected Executive director of The Japan Dentists Association. This would later relate directly to Kyo Mouri Sensei becoming the President of the JKF Gojukai 1997-1998.

    August 31st - the JKF hosts a tournament [Shiai] for paying homage to 30th anniversary of Chojun Miyagi's death - held in Okinawa. Present is Senior advisor, Koshin Iha Sensei, of the Jundokan who performs Enbu demonstration.

    Masanobu Shinjo Sensei leaves Sekichi Toguchi Sensei and his Shoreikan organization to form the Shobukan Dojo. As a result, Sensei John Roseberry [A student of Sekichi Toguchi Sensei in Gojuryu and a student of Eiichi Miyazato in Judo] chooses not to side with either organization however stands mutually by forming his Shorei-Shobukan, in respect of Sekichi Toguchi Sensei and Masanobu Shinjo Sensei.

    Konishi Yasuhiro Sensei Dies [Founder of Shindo Jinen Ryu]. Konishi Sensei studied directly under Funakoshi Gichin, Motobu Choki, Chojun Miyagi and Mabuni Kenwa.

    Shoshin Nagamine visits Hawaii sponsored  by Hawaii Karate 'Tommy Morita'.
    October 10th - Takeshi Iizuka becomes seventh JKA Chairman.

    Tsuyoshi Chitose, the founder of Chito-Ryu dies.

    Under the official directive from the Dai Nippon Butokukai Honbu the USA and International division was established in 1985 where Tesshin Hamada Hanshi served as the director [Old Dominion Virginia].

    September 29th - Shoto World Cup Karate Championship Tournament held at Tokyo Budokan and is held every other year since inception.

    Meitoku Yagi Sensei receives the "Tan Ho Sho, the Fourth Order of Merit" from Emperor Hirohito for his consistent service to Karatedo and to Okinawa.

    April - Shozo Ujita Sensei ascends from his position of Mayor of Wakayama a position he maintained for the past Twenty [20] years since 1966 and becomes a member of Wakayama Prefecture Assembly.

    Ogha Takeo Sensei acquired the grade Gojukai 8th Dan and the title Hanshi.

    Mayama Motomasa Sensei acquired the grade Gojukai 8th Dan and the title Hanshi.

    Shiomi Akira Sensei acquired the grade Gojukai 8th Dan and the title Hanshi.

    Tasaki Shuji Sensei acquired the grade Gojukai 8th Dan and the title of Hanshi. Actively serves as Gojukai Deputy Chief of Board of Directors, a Central Examiner and a Manager of Kanto Region.

    June 1st - Nobuyuki Nakahara becomes eighth JKA Chairman.

    September - Shozo Ujita Sensei is recommended to be the Wakayama city honorary Mayor.

    January 11 - The first Karatedo museum in the World is established by Tetsuhiro Hokama Sensei in Okinawa.

    The Butokuden in Kyoto is finally restored.
    Monuments of Kanryo Higaonna and Chojun Miyagi are erected in Naha - Okinawa.

    March - The JKF Gojukai hosts its 1st International Competition - held in Singapore.

    April 15th - JKA Senior Instructor Masatoshi Nakayama passes away (age 74).

    September - Morio Higaonna Sensei [IOGKF] moves to California USA.

    March 20 - Budo Festival held at Oroku HIgh School to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the founding of Jundokan.

    March 20 - Eiichi Miyazato is awarded Hanshi, 10th Dan by the Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate-do Kyokai
    June - Tae Kwon Do debuts in Korea as a demonstrations sport under the guidelines of the WTF [World Tae Kwon Do Federation].
    August - The JKF Gojukai hosts its 2nd International Competition - held in Hong Kong.

    Toshisada Kono Sensei [President of JKF Gojukai 1991-1995] becomes President of Gajoen Kanko Co., Ltd.

    January 7 - End of the Showa Period.

    January 8 - Beginning of the Heisei Period.

    May 8 - Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Sensei dies. 

    June, Shozo Ujita Sensei, President of the JKF Gojukaiw and founder of Kenbukan Gojukai, passes away.

    Eizo Ujita Sensei assumed President of Wakayama Prefecture Karatedo Federation.

    August - Kenzo Uchiage accedes to Acting President of the JKF Gojukai.
    September 26 - The JKGA hosts a formal funeral at Meiji Kaikan, in Minato-ku marking the death of Gogen Yamaguchi.

    Toshisada Kono Sensei [President JKF Gojukai 1991-1995] is presented the 7th Dan by JKF Gojukai.

    November - the JKF Gojukai hosts its 3rd International Competition - held in Sydney Australia.

    January - Prince Higashikuni Naruhiko dies. At one time Prince Higashikuni was, at one time, the chairman of The Kokusai Budo Renmei.
    Mayama Motomasa Sensei became a chief director of JKF Gojukai. Actively serves as a member of Gojukai Central Examination Committee.

    April - Gosen Kishio Yamaguchi [Second son of Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi] dies in a car accident in France.
    Shiomi Akira Sensei acquired the grade JKF 8th Dan
    June - Goshi Yamaguchi becomes President of both JKGA and IKGA Gojukai. Gosei Yamaguchi continues to preside the oversees Gojukai USA.

    June 10th - Litigation begins over official register of the JKA marking the beginning of two associations both claiming legal rights of the JKA.

    August - Nagamine Shoshin performs Wankan Kata at the World Karate & Kobudo Festival in Okinawa.

    1st Goju-ryu World Karate-do Championship [held at: Naha Civic Gymnagium]

    March - Toshisada Kono Sensei Ascends to the position of 3rd President of the JKF Gojukai.

    April 1st - Motokuni Sugiura becomes Chief Instructor of the JKA

    October 11th - Masafumi Suzuki dies.

    March - Shozo Ujita Sensei having passed away in June of 1989 is Presented the 10-Dan grade by JKF Gojukai.

    Dedication of the rebuild Shuri Castle in Okinawa.
    December 20 - The name of the 1st International Organization representing sport Karate was officially changed from 'World Union of Karatedo Organizations" [WUKO] to World Karate Federation [WKF].
    December 20 - Ryoichi Sasakawa, President of WUKO is succeeded by Jacques Delcourt as new the President of what will hereafter be knows as the World Karatedo Federation [WKF]. Jacques Delcourt was previousely the President of the French Karate Federation and heavily promoted first the creation of the European Federation as well as jointly arranged the meeting which originally formed WUKO.

    Meitoku Yagi Sensei receives the 1st Karatedo medal of merit from the Ryukyu Shinpo alogn with the title of "Intangible Cultural Asset of Okinawa" for his lifetime contribution to Okinawa Karatedo.

    Ujita Eizo Sensei Acceded to Vice President of JKF Gojukai.

    Yutaka Ishikawa Sensei became a director of the JKF

    October 15 - Masanobu Shinjo Sensei [Shobukan Gojuryu Karatedo] dies [1938 - 1993].

    Fukunaga Satohiko Sensei acquired the grade Gojukai 7th Dan and the title of Kyoshi.
    Actively serves as Gojukai Deputy Chief of Board of Directors and Manager of Chubu Region.

    Namiki Tomonori Sensei acquired the grade Gojukai 7th Dan and the title Kyoshi. Actively serves as Gojukai Secretary General, WKF Official Referee and a Chairman of JKF Referee Council.

    February 20th - JKA headquarters dojo moves to Ebisu.

    July 25 - Budo Festival held at Naha Citizen's Gymnasium to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Jundokan.

    October 30th - JKA publishes a textbook on kata. This would gradually expanded to five volume series.

    Takeo Ogha Accedes to Vice President of JKF Gojukai.

    Yutaka Ishikawa Sensei became an auditor of the JKF.

    March - Kyo Mouri becomes the Head of JKF Gojukai Kyushu Area Hombu offices.

    April - The JKF Gojukai hosts its 4th International Competition - held in Christchurch New Zealand.

    Seiichi Fujiwara of Seiwakai Gojuryu Karatedo is graded to 7th Dan JKF Gojukai.

    June - Toshisada Kono Sensei, President [at the time] of the JKF Gojukai, passes away.

    June 19th - Tokyo Local Court rules in favor of JKA as the primary licensee of the Japan Karatedo Association [Japan Karatedo Kyokai]

    August - Kenkichi Katano Sensei accedes to Acting President of the JKF Gojukai.

    February - Tomoharu Kisaki [Goju Ryu - Yamaguchi Ha Goju Kai; Co-Founder of All Japan Karatedo Association and Founder of Yuinshinkan Goju Kai] dies 1920 - 1996.
    Yutaka Ishikawa Sensei acquired the grade Gojukai 8th Dan and the title Hanshi.

    Ujita Eizo Served as Wakayama Prefecture Assembly Deputy Chairman.

    Akira Shiomi Hanshi becomes a board member of the JKF and a JKF 1st Grade examiner and is the special Kata coach of the Japanese national team and technical director of the JKF Gojukai.

    April - Kyo Mouri Sensei accedes to Acting President of the JKF Gojukai.
    December - Shoshin Nagamine visits Hawaii sponsored  by Tommy Morita, Zenko Heshiki and William Rabacal.

    April - Kyo Mouri Sensei accedes to 4th President of JKF Gojukai.

    Yutaka Ishikawa Sensei assumes Deputy President of Kagawa Prefecture Karatedo Federation. Actively serves as a member of Gojukai Central Examination and Chief of Planning Committee.

    Okinawa Prefecture Ministry of Education and Prefecture officials open Butokuden in Naha City. Opening ceremonies seat officials in front of Karatedo masters.

    Three men recognized as Intangible Cultural Assets of Okinawa Prefecture in the field of Okinawa karatedo and Kobudo. They being Meitoku Yagi, Shoshin Nagamine, Seiki Itokazu.

    September 18th - Seigo Tada, Chairman of the Seigo-Kan, at one time the largest Gojuryu Organization in Japan Dies in Hameji, Japan. His wife continues his efforts of Seigo-Kan Gojuryu in both Japan and their second home in Brazil, South America.

    November 2nd, Shoshin Nagamine Sensei, founder of Matsubiyashi Shorin Ryu, dies.

    November - Jitsui Yogi Sensei dies - Jitsuei Yogi was born on September 27, 1912. He originally introduced Gogen Jitsumi Yamaguchi Sensei to Chojun Miyagi Sensei. He also assisted Miyagi Sensei with his first demonstration in Japan as well as, headed the Karate Club at Ritsumeikan University, served as a senior student at the 1953 meeting of Miyagi's students and was the original VP of the JKF Gojukai in 1972. [September 1912 - November 1997]

    The Dai Nippon Butokukai 大日本武徳会 recognized Gojuryu Karatedo as the only form of Karatedo to be an ancient form of Martial Art [Koryu Bujutsu]. This places Gojuryu Karatedo into the same catagory with other ancient Martial Arts of Samurai such as Kenjutsu, Aikijutsu, Kobujutsu, Jujutsu and others. This also marks a historic point in the history of Karatedo [in general]. The "Dai Nippon Butokukai 大日本武徳会" is fundamentaly a Japanese society however Gojuryu Karatedo is of Okinawa foundation making Gojuryu Karatedo not only the first ever form of Karatedo named as an ancient Martial Art but also the first Okinawa Martial Art being recognized as a Bujutsu.

    August - Kyo Mouri Sensei, President of JKF Gojukai, passed away.

    August - Eizo Ujita Sensei who is a son of previous President of the JKF Gojukai Shozo Ujita Sensei accedes to acting [Deputy] president of JKF Gojukai.

    August 31st - Seikichi Toguchi Sensei passes away at age 81 in Tokyo Japan. Seikichi Toguchi Sensei was a student of Higa Seiko Sensei and also one of the original students of Chojun Miyagi. Seikichi Toguchi is the founder of Shoreikan Gojuryu.

    October 29th - Tokyo Higher Court rules in favor of JKA as the primary Shotokan licensee
    of the Japan Karatedo Association [Japan Karatedo Kyokai].
    Jacques Delcourt, President of World Karatedo Federation [WKF] is succeeded by Antonio Espinosas as new the President of the World Karatedo Federation [WKF].

    March 17 - At the 109th session of the International Olympic Commission [IOC] in Seoul Korea, Karatedo is officially named an Olympic Sport. The World Karatedo Federation [WKF] is officially certified to oversee this new sport.

    Eiko Miyazato Hanshi [founder of Gokenkan] dies.

    June 10th - JKA wins the case in Japan Supreme Court; official recognition restored as the primary licensee of the Japan Karatedo Association [Japan Karatedo Kyokai].

    November 26 - Walter Todd [1927-1999] dies in Oakland California. Walter Todd was the first Westerner to have received a Dan grading in any martial art style from Japan [including Dan gradings and training direct from both Gichin Funakosh, Kyuzo Mifune, Hironori Kou Ohtsuka and Isao Obata]

    December 10 - Eiichi Miyazato Hanshi, is awarded the grade of 8th Dan by the Nippon Kodokan.

    December 11th - Eiichi Miyazato Hanshi, founder of Jundokan Gojuryu Karatedo] dies of natural causes in Okinawa.
    #1 sandro quevedo
    on September 22 2005 21:31:19
    #2 Len Sim
    on March 15 2006 14:22:42
    Please note that M Higaonna and the IOGKF was still associated with the Jundokan for a few more years. The IOGKF was formed in a meeting in Poole, England attended by M Higaonna, T Chinen, J Rousseau and myself.
    Many of the IOGKF members visited the Jundokan at the first IOGKF world championships in Okinawa in 1981
    #3 Gonzalo
    on June 03 2006 17:44:08
    Dear colleagues, in the chronology, when it says that “in 1955 Shikan Akimine (a student of Seiko Higa) opens the first Gojuryu dojo in Brazil” should say 1957 and Seiichi “Shikan” Akamine (not Akimine). (check www.kenshinkan.cl)
    Best regards to you all.
    #4 KeikoChan
    on November 24 2008 22:17:12
    Note: Merv Oakley established Goju Kai in Australia in 1963.

    Yasunobu Nagai (GojuKai) established Goju Dojo in Perth Western Australia, in 1966.

    Tino Ceberano established GojuKai in Melbourne Victoria, in 1966

    Gogen Yamaguchi visited Australia for GojuKai Australia in 1970
    #5 gojuryu
    on August 09 2014 02:23:24
    Thanks everyone for the updates. Please keep them coming!
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