OUR HISTORY

The Origins of Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association

Okinawa is the birthplace of karatedo, a cultural treasure and oral tradition that has spread throughout the world and is practiced by millions. The Beikoku Shidokan story is only one of the many threads within the diverse and rich living tapestry of traditions encompassed by Okinawan karatedo. The following history chronicles some of the teachers and events that played key roles in the development of the Shidokan branch of Okinawan Shorin-ryu.

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Sokon Matsumura
1809-1899

Anko Itosu
1831-1915

Choshin Chibana
1885-1969

Shinpan Gusukuma
1890-1954

Choki Motubu
1870-1941

Katsuya Miyahira
1918-2010

Seikichi Iha
b. 1932

Roy Paul

b. 1952

Fortunato Restagno

b. 1959