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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.

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...