Gichin Funakoshi

1868 - 1957

Gichin Funakoshi

Gichin Funakoshi (船越 義珍, Funakoshi Gichin, November 10, 1868 – April 26, 1957) is 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gichin Funakoshi has received more than 332,962 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 2nd most popular martial arts.

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Among martial arts, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 2 out of 74Before him are Ip Man. After him are Morihei Ueshiba, Kanō Jigorō, Mas Oyama, Wong Fei-hung, Huo Yuanjia, Trưng Sisters, Kenwa Mabuni, Choi Hong Hi, Chōjun Miyagi, and Ankō Itosu.

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Among people born in 1868, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 10Before him are Fritz Haber, Karl Landsteiner, Abdulmejid II, Robert Andrews Millikan, Constantine I of Greece, and Emanuel Lasker. After him are Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, Arnold Sommerfeld, Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, Peter Behrens, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Paul Claudel. Among people deceased in 1957, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 13Before him are Humphrey Bogart, Nikos Kazantzakis, Johannes Stark, Wilhelm Reich, Constantin Brâncuși, and Oliver Hardy. After him are Arturo Toscanini, Haakon VII of Norway, Henry van de Velde, Walther Bothe, Gabriela Mistral, and Gerty Cori.

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Among people born in Japan, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 26 out of 3,113Before him are Emperor Jimmu (-711), Emperor Taishō (1879), Hideki Tojo (1884), Osamu Tezuka (1928), Hattori Hanzō (1542), and Himiko (175). After him are Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159), Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), Lee Myung-bak (1941), and Saigō Takamori (1828).


Among martial arts born in Japan, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 1After him are Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Kanō Jigorō (1860), Kenwa Mabuni (1889), Chōjun Miyagi (1888), Ankō Itosu (1831), Masatoshi Nakayama (1913), Higaonna Kanryō (1853), and Koichi Tohei (1920).

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