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November 10th 1868: Funakoshi born

On this day in 1868 Gichin Funakoshi, the ‘father’ of modern karate, was born in Okinawa. Funakoshi was a frail child, and began learning the martial art of karate from renowned teachers Itosu and Azato in order to strengthen him. He went on to introduce karate to the Japanese mainland in the 1920s, and founded the Shotokan style of karate. ‘Shotokan’ means ‘hall of shoto’ in Japanese, and ‘Shoto’ was Funakoshi’s pseudonym. He is also the man who changed the meaning of karate from ‘China hand’ to ‘empty hand’ reflecting both the lack of weapons and the Zen Buddhist concept of the inherent emptiness of all things. Whilst the original Shotokan dojo in Tokyo was destroyed by bombings during World War Two, the Shotokan tradition lives on and remains a major style of modern karate.

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Rare video of Azato “San Salvador” as featured on Disco Spectrum 1 compiled by Joey Negro:

http://www.discogs.com/Various-Disco-Spectrum/release/44108

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O Pai do Karate Moderno       Gighin Funakoshi nasceu em 10 de novembro de 1868 em Yamakawa, Shuri, Distrito de Okinawa. Ele pertenceu a uma linhagem de samurais, cujo os familiares, em tempos remotos, foram vassalos dos nobres da Dinastia Ryukyu. . Aos 11 anos, com seu próprio esforço, ele fez nome na arte marcial no estilo RyuKyu. Começando seu treinamento com o Mestre Azato Anko, não demorou até que ele igualasse sua habilidade à de seu mestre, e dividiu com ele a honraria de ser…