THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHOTOKAN
1917, Master Funakoshi performed the first public demonstration of Karate outside of Okinawa at the Butokuden "Martial art center" in Kyoto Japan.
1921, Master Funakoshi demonstrated Karate at Okinawa's Shuri castle for Hirohito the Crown Prince of Japan. The Prince ( Future Emperor of Japan) was so impressed that he wanted the art to be introduce to Mainland Japan.
1922, The Master moved to Japan and permanently settle down in Koishikawa Tokyo and started teaching at the Meisei juku (dormitory for Okinawan Students).
1922, Master Funakoshi performed public Karate demonstrations in Tokyo and introduced the Okinawan art to the general public.
1922, Master Tomosaburo Okano was born in Hachioji-shi Tokyo Japan. Later Master Okano was designated a living national treasure for karate by the Japanese government.
1922, Master Funakoshi wrote the first textbook on Karate called Ryukyu kempo To-di (meaning, Okinawan fist method China hand).
1924, Master Funakoshi started to teach at Keio University karate club and later many other University karate clubs were formed.
1925, Master Funakoshi wrote Rentan Goshin To-di jitsu (meaning, physical fitness self-defense China hand art).
1929, Master Funakoshi change the name of his martial art to Karate-do (way of the Empty hand).
1935, Master Funakoshi wrote karate-do Kyohan, using the new term for karate (meaning, way of the empty hand, master text).
1936, Master Gichin Funakoshi with the help of his students formed the Dai Nihon Karate-do Shotokai "meaning Great Japan empty hand way pine wave association". Master Funakoshi became the founding Kaicho "president" and Shihan "Master Instructor" of the association and Gigo Funakoshi also known as "Yoshitaka Funakoshi" became the Shihan-dai "assistant to the Master".
1939, With the help of the Dai Nihon Karate-do Shotokai members, funds was raise to built the karate dojo of Master Funakoshi. The dojo was call the Shotokan (meaning pine wave building), The dojo was built next to his home in Mejiro Tokyo, (formally inaugurated on January 29, 1939). The style of karate became known as Shotokan ryu.
1941, Master Tomosaburo Okano started karate At 19 years old with Mister Toshio Igarashi, a member of the "Pine Wave school".
1942, Mister Igarashi brought and introduced Master Okano to the Shotokan dojo and became a direct student of Master Gichin Funakoshi and his third son, Master Gigo Funakoshi.
1942, On October 10th, Master Okano with the help of Misters Suzuki Shinjo, Kaneko Isamu and Takagi Yoshitomo, established the "KenkoKai Karate-Bu" a karate research club in Hachioji-shi Tokyo
1943, Master Funakoshi wrote Karate-do Nyumon (meaning, enter the door to way of the empty hand).
1944, On September 25th, Master Toyotaro Miyazaki was born in Hachioji-shi, Tokyo Japan.
1945, On April 29th the Shotokan Dojo was destroy during the air raid over Toyko.
1945, On November 24th, Master Gigo Funakoshi died of a long illness. He was 39 years old.
1945, Master Okano returned from the air force and revived the KenkoKai Karate-Bu after the war.
1948, The kenkokai Karate-bu change it's name to the Kenkojuku Dojo. The Kenkojuku Budokan was established at the present location in Minamimachi Hachioji-shi.
1949, On May 27th, students headed by Master Masatoshi Nakayama formed the Japan Karate Association (JKA), naming Master Funakoshi as the Technical adviser.
1955, On November 30th, Master Funakoshi and his first and second son visited the Kenkojuku Dojo for a special ceremony.
1957, Master Gichin Funakoshi passed away on April 26th at the age of 88.