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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 519,219 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia. Gichin Funakoshi is the 3rd most popular martial arts, the 33rd most popular biography from Japan (down from 29th 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 118Before him are Kanō Jigorō and Ip Man. After him are Morihei Ueshiba, Mas Oyama, Wong Fei-hung, Huo Yuanjia, Choi Hong Hi, Conor McGregor, Ankō Itosu, Masatoshi Nakayama, and Kenwa Mabuni.

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Among people born in 1868, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 11Before him are Miklós Horthy, Abdulmejid II, Constantine I of Greece, Robert Andrews Millikan, Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg. After him are Emanuel Lasker, Arnold Sommerfeld, Peter Behrens, Robert Falcon Scott, Gertrude Bell, and Fuad I of Egypt. Among people deceased in 1957, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 12Before him are Miklós Horthy, Humphrey Bogart, Nikos Kazantzakis, Wilhelm Reich, Oliver Hardy, and Haakon VII of Norway. After him are Arturo Toscanini, Constantin Brâncuși, Johannes Stark, Henry van de Velde, Walther Bothe, and Gerty Cori.

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Among people born in Japan, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 33 out of 6,048Before him are Hattori Hanzō (1542), Yayoi Kusama (1929), Osamu Tezuka (1928), Lee Myung-bak (1941), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), and Kane Tanaka (1903). After him are Sadako Sasaki (1943), Himiko (175), Emperor Kōmei (1831), Tadao Ando (1941), Morihei Ueshiba (1883), and Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894).


Among martial arts born in Japan, Gichin Funakoshi ranks 2Before him are Kanō Jigorō (1860). After him are Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Ankō Itosu (1831), Masatoshi Nakayama (1913), Kenwa Mabuni (1889), Chōjun Miyagi (1888), Motobu Chōki (1870), Higaonna Kanryō (1853), Matsumura Sōkon (1809), Hironori Ōtsuka (1892), and Morihiro Saito (1928).