Gichin Funakoshi

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Gichin Funakoshi (船越 義珍, Funakoshi Gichin, 10 November 1868 – 26 April 1957) was the founder of Shotokan, which is the most widely known school or style of karate. He is known as the "father of modern karate".[1]

Funakoshi died on 26 April 1957 in Tokyo of colon cancer, aged 88.

Selected works[change | change source]

In an overview of writings by and about Funakoshi, OCLC/WorldCat lists roughly 30+ works in 60+ publications in 8 languages and 1,800+ library holdings.[2]

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  • 唐手術: 錬胆護身, 1925
  • 空手道教範, 1935
  • 空手道一路, 1956
  • Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text, 1973
  • The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate: The Spiritual Legacy of the Master, 1975
  • Karate-Do: My Way of Life, 1975
  • Karate-Do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text. 1988
  • Karate Jutsu: The Original Teachings of Master Funakoshi, 2001
  • The Essence of Karate, 2010

References[change | change source]

  1. Japan Karate Association (JKA), "Supreme Master Funakoshi Gichin (1868-1957) Archived 2016-04-19 at the Wayback Machine; excerpt,"Shoto was the literary first name he used when doing calligraphy and writing poetry. Shoto means “Pine Waves,” and refers to the sound of wind blowing through the pines"; retrieved 2012-11-9.
  2. WorldCat Identities: Funakoshi, Gichin 1870-1956; retrieved 2012-11-9.

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