Gichin Funakoshi

1868 - 1957

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Gichin Funakoshi (船越 義珍, Funakoshi Gichin, November 10, 1868 – April 26, 1957) was the founder of Shotokan karate-do, perhaps the most widely known style of karate, and is known as a "father of modern karate". Following the teachings of Anko Itosu and Anko Asato, he was one of the Okinawan karate masters who introduced karate to the Japanese mainland in 1922, following its earlier introduction by his teacher Itosu. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gichin Funakoshi has received more than 458,189 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Gichin Funakoshi is the 3rd most popular martial arts (down from 2nd in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from Japan (down from 26th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Martial Arts.

Gichin Funakoshi is most famous for being the founder of Shotokan karate.

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Among martial arts, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 3 out of 117Before him are Ip Man and Kanō Jigorō. After him are Morihei Ueshiba, Mas Oyama, Wong Fei-hung, Huo Yuanjia, Choi Hong Hi, Kenwa Mabuni, Ankō Itosu, Hélio Gracie, and Chōjun Miyagi.

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Among people born in 1868, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 10Before him are Miklós Horthy, Fritz Haber, Abdulmejid II, Constantine I of Greece, Robert Andrews Millikan, and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg. After him are Gertrude Bell, Arnold Sommerfeld, Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, Emanuel Lasker, Peter Behrens, and Robert Falcon Scott. Among people deceased in 1957, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 15Before him are Wilhelm Reich, Oliver Hardy, Constantin Brâncuși, Haakon VII of Norway, Johannes Stark, and Henry van de Velde. After him are Arturo Toscanini, Walther Bothe, Gabriela Mistral, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Gerty Cori, and František Kupka.

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Among people born in Japan, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 29 out of 5,560Before him are Hideki Tojo (1884), Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159), Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), Osamu Tezuka (1928), Isao Takahata (1935), and Kanō Jigorō (1860). After him are Joan Fontaine (1917), Lee Myung-bak (1941), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Himiko (175), and Hiroshige (1797).


Among martial arts born in Japan, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 2Before him are Kanō Jigorō (1860). After him are Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Kenwa Mabuni (1889), Ankō Itosu (1831), Chōjun Miyagi (1888), Masatoshi Nakayama (1913), Higaonna Kanryō (1853), Matsumura Sōkon (1809), Motobu Chōki (1870), Morihiro Saito (1928), and Koichi Tohei (1920).