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Group training at Okinawa Prefecture 2nd Junior High School, 1937 (Instructor: Juhatsu Kyoda)
Group training at Shuri City 1st Elementary School, 1937 (Instructor: Shinpan Shiroma)
BackIn the early 20th century, karate began to be introduced throughout Japan by several master, including Gichin Funakoshi (1871-1954, Founder of Shotokan-ryu), Kenwa Mabuni (1891-1952, Founder of Shito-ryu;), Kanbun Uechi (1877-1948, Founder of Uechi-ryu;) and Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953, Founder of Goju-ryu). Also throughout Okinawa, karate was taught by masters such as Chotoku Kyan (1870-1945), Choki Motobu (1870-1941) and Choshin Chibana (1885-1969, Founder of Shorin-ryu).

It has been said that the original name of Todi was changed to the name 'karate' (empty hand) around this time.

Karate began spreading around the world after the war. The biggest contributors were the many emigrants who went to live abroad full of ambition, and the U.S. military personnel occupying Japan at the time.

In 1969, karate-ka were invited from Okinawa to give a demonstration at the 1st All Japan Karate Championship Tournament held at the Nihon Budokan in Tokyo. Then in 1984, Tsuguo Sakumoto (Ryuei-ryu) won the Men's Division of the 7th World Karate-do Championship, held in the Netherlands. In 1987, Okinawa achieved both Men's & Women's overall victories in the Karate-do Division of the 42nd National Sports Festival (the Autumn Session, known as Kaiho-Kokutai).
Group demonstration and karate and kobudo competition, 1967 (Ryukyu University Gymnasium)
Today, the young karate-ka who will be the leaders in the 21st century are boldly challenging national tournaments and world championships, and constantly topping the list of winners.
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