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Who’s Who in the martial arts on USAdojo.com shares biographies and articles about the Founders, the Masters, the Pioneers, the Competitors and the “Stars” of the martial arts.

Eizo Shimabukuro Interview

This interview was conducted at the Shobayashi-ryu Rendokan Dojo of Eizo Shimabukuro. Shimabukuro is ranked a Shihan 10-Dan and his dojo is located at...

Morio Higaonna Goju-ryu

Morio Higaonna is a prominent Okinawan karate practitioner who is the founder and former Chief Instructor of the International Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do Federation (IOGKF)....

Tadashi Abe Aikido With Samurai Roots

Tadashi Abe was born in 1926 and began Aikido in 1942 under the direct supervision of O'Sensei for a period of nine years. He...

Tsuyoshi Chitose: Chito-Ryu Karate

Tsuyoshi Chitose is the soke of Chito Ryu, a martial art that possesses techniques which balance the strengths and weaknesses of Naha-te and Shuri-te;...

Hohan Soken: Matsumura Seito Shorin-ryu Karate

Okinawan martial arts master, Hohan Soken founded the Shorin-ryu Matsumura Seito Okinawa Karate Kobudo Association Hohan Soken was born on May 25, 1889 and lived in...

Shigeru Egami: Shotokai Karate

Shigeru Egami was born in the Fukuoka Prefecture in 1912. He was one of Gichin Funakoshi Sensei's earliest students, but more than this, he...

Kenji Tomiki: Tomiki Aikido

Kenji Tomiki was born on March 15, 1900. He was a Japanese aikido and judo teacher and the founder of competitive aikido (aikido kyogi)...

Tatsuo Shimabuku: Isshin-Ryu Karate

Tatsuo Shimabuku (Shinkichi Shimabuku) was born in Chan, Okinawa on September 19, 1908 and died May 30, 1975. He began his study of karate...

Hironori Ohtsuka and Wado Ryu Karate

Hironori Otsuka, a wiry, white-haired master, drops of sweat glistening across his brow and up the crown of his bald spot, led 40 young...

The Story of Tatsuo Shimabuku and The Isshin-Ryu System

There is legend that states karate came to Okinawa in the nineteenth century when Chinto, a shipwrecked Chinese sailor, was washed ashore. Naked and...

Master Seiko Higa In My Memories

Remarks: The original Japanese title of this article was "Omoide No Higa Seiko Sensei" and it was written by Mr. Saburo Higa, an acupuncturist...

Chojun Miyagi: Goju-ryu

Chojun Miyagi April 25, 1888 — October 8, 1953 Independently wealthy, Chojun Miyagi was able to devote his life to the exclusive study of the martial...

Kenwa Mabuni: Shito-ryu Karate

"Those who master Karate understand the importance of cooperating with the infinite rather than continuing to resist the inevitable." Kenwa Mabuni was born in Shuri,...

Chotoku Kyan and Chito-Ryu Karate

Chotoku Kyan  was probably the most influential of O'Sensei's Tote instructors and Chito-ryu is abundant with Kyan influences. We can see this in numerous...

Choyu Motobu: Okinawan Karate

There is a large amount of technical and historic information available about the art that Choyu Motobu inherited from his father and passed on...

Choki Motobu: Okinawan Karate

Choki Motobu was born on April 5, 1870 and died on April 15, 1944. He was born in Akahira village in the Shuri region...

Anko Itosu: Father of Modern Karate

Born in Shuri, Okinawa, Japan in 1831, Itosu trained under karate greats Sokon "Bushi" Matsumura and Kosaku Matsumora. His good friend Yasutsune Azato recommended...

Azato Anko: A Short Story About My Teacher Part One

Azato's School Days and Martial Arts Part One By Gichen Funakoshi Translated & Edited by Patrick & Yuriko McCarthy Editor's Note: This article is the first of two...

Pat Burleson “Grandfather” of Open Tournament Fighting in America

Pat Burleson, acknowledged as the “grandfather” of open tournament fighting in America, having won numerous national titles before retiring from competition in 1966. Mr. Burleson...