Karate Lineage

  Shaolin temple warrior monk figures  
 

Kusanku  1720-1762

Shaolin Temple Master/Fujian (Southern) White Crane Master

Source of movements and techniques of several longer animal forms.

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  Sakakawa  
 

Kangu Sakakawa  (1733-1815)

Created Kanku/Kusanku  Kata

Merged Kung Fu and Okinawan Boxing into “Karate”

Created first “Dojo Rules and Principles”

Created Sakugawa (Shushi) no Kon (Bo Kata)

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  Matsumora  
 

Sokon Matsumura (1798-1889)

Created Bassai, Shinto Kata, Learned Naianchi From Monkey/Crane Kung Fu Stylist [Qing Cheng Taoist Monkey]

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  Itosu  
 

Anko Itosu (1831-1915)

Founder of Shorin-Ryu Karate

Invented Pinan Katas, Rohai Kata  Reformulated Bassai Dai/Sho, Kanku Dai/Sho

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Kanken   Funakoshi

Toyama Kanken (1888-1966)

Founder of Shudokan Karate

Source of Shihoken Kata/Kibon 4

His students went on to found Tae Kwon Do

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Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957)

Founder of Shotokan Karate

Source of Shihoken Kata/Kibon 4

Invented Tagot (Taikyoku) Kata

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Kim Kee Rhee

Ki Whang Kim (1920-1993)

Tang Soo Do America

Hwang Kee

Founder of  Mu Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do

Jhoon Rhee

Incorporated Chung Moo form from Korea

   Kern  
 

Richard Kern Jhoon Rhee Black Belt/Aikdo Shodan

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  Tompkins  
 

Dale Tompkins

Founder of TKA

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Dale Tompkins started training under Richard Kern, who was a black belt under Jhoon Rhee. When Jhoon Rhee left Tang Soo Do in the early 60's and Korean Karate stylists formed Tae Kwon Do, Dick Kern left that organization (after earning a blue belt in Jhoon Rhree's) and joined Ki Whang Kim's organization where he got his Black Belt. Ki Whang Kim also taught Jujitsu, and Dick Kern taught Aikido, which is where TKA gets its grappling techniques from. TKA's lineage is under both the Funakoshi Lineage and the Kanken Lineage (both Korean and Japanese) since Tompkins has rank in both. Kanken and Funakoshi also had the same primary teacher (and trained together under) Anko Itosu, though both had additional teachers.

 

 

Research: C. Bowers