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ITOSU-RYU KARATEDO INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION

International Headquarters

Address:1-16-5 Honcho-dori, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 230-0048, JAPAN

Telephone number :+81-45-521-6318

Fax number :+81-45-503-2040

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Brief History of

ITOSU-RYU KARATEDO INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION 

Yoshu-kan Mabuni Dojo, in 1941

Mabuni and Sakagami

(The 3rd Line Center and Right)

Sakagami, Mabuni, Obata and Funakoshi

(From left to right)

Memorial Performance of
Head Dojo Opening, in 1956

Japan Kobudo Performance Tournament
at Nippon Budokan, in 1979

Itosu-ryu Karatedo International Federation

Headquarters Dojo

Itosu-ryu Degree Certified Students

Itosu-ryu Karatedo World Championships 
Los Angeles USA in 2005

■1940
Established Shito-ryu Karate Sakagami Dojo at his home in Kawanishi, Hyogo on March 1st.


■1952
Ryusho Sakagami succeeded to the position of 3rd Itosu-ha Soke on January 2nd.
Kenwa Mabuni passed away on May 23rd.

■1953
Performance of Itosu-ha Karatedo Genbu-kan was held at Ikeda elementary school on October 18th.

■1954
Established "Nihon Genbu-kan Karatedo Dojo" in Katsushika ward, Tokyo on August 1st.

■1955
Moved the Dojo to Tsurumi ward Yokohama, changed the name to All Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai and made it Head Dojo on June 1st.
Itosu-ha Karatedo Performance Meeting was held at Joto public hall in Tokyo on November 20th.

■1956
Opening of Head Dojo memorial performance was held at the Dojo on May 13th.

■1957
Entered Japan Karatedo Rengokai upon its establishment on June 10th.
Founded Itosu-kai Eastern Japan Head Office and Western Japan Head Office on September 1st.

■1963
Reconstructed the Head Dojo and relocated it to it`s current location on December 1st.

■1964
10th Anniversary Performance for the Establishment of the Head Dojo was held at the Head Dojo on May 10th. The 1st Itosu-kai National Championships commemorating the 25th anniversary was held on November 20th.

■1968
Published `Ryukyu Kobudo Series-Nunchaku' (June 1st)

■1969
School name established as Itosu-ryu and faction name as Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai on April 1st.
Itosu-kai logotype was registered on December 1st.
 
■1971
Published `Ryukyu Kobudo Series-Sai' (September 1st).

■1974
Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai constitution was established on April 1st.
Published `Ryukyu Kobudo Series-Tonfa' (September 1st)
Published `Nunchaku and Sai' English version (November 1st)
A correspondence course was started on December 1st. It closed in October 1981.

■1975
Released `Nunchaku Techniques' 8mm Film (April 1st)

■1976
Published `Karatedo Taikan-Pinan' (May 10th)

■1978
Published `Karatedo Kata Taikan' (October 10th)

■1979
Admitted to Japan Kobudo Association on February 10th.
Published `Nunchaku and Sai' Italian version (December 20th) 

■1980
The 40th Anniversary of Establishment was held at Akasaka Hanten in Tokyo on August 2nd.

■1983
The movie "Itosu-ryu Karatedo" compiled by the Japan Kobudo Association was shot as a documentary film on January 26th.
Published `Nunchaku and Sai' Japanese version (August 10th)

■1990
The 50th Anniversary of Establishment was held at Chiba Gyotoku Station Hotel on July 7th.

■1992
Published "50 years of Itosu-kai" on September 1st.

■1993
Ryusho Sakagami passed away on December 28th.

■1994
Sadaaki Sakagami succeeded to the position of 4th Itosu-ryu Soke and became the president of Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai on April 30.

■1995
Closed the Head Dojo due to its age and to establish a new modern Dojo on March 19th.

■1996
Itosu-kai Shihan-kai was established on May 19th.

■1997
Established the Itosu-kai newsletter on April 1st.


■2002
Held the cerebration of the 60th Anniversary of Itosu-kai at Kichijoji Tokyu
Inn, Tokyo. (Aug.17)

 

Itosu-kai International Goodwill Championships was held in Komazawa Gymnasium on August 18th.

Officially formed the international organization of Itosu-kai in the name of `Itosu-ryu Karatedo International Federation (I.K.I.F.)' (Aug.19)

 

■2005
2005 Itosu-ryu Karate do World Championship was held in Los Angels on July 31th.

Itosu-ryu International Conference was held at Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa, on August 1st.

 

■2006
Itosu-ryu Karatedo International Federation Conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 13th.

 

■2007
Itosu-ryu Karatedo Kata vol.1 DVD release. (Jan. 20)
Itosu-ryu Karatedo Kata vol.2 DVD release. (April 20)

 

■2008
Itosu-ryu Karatedo Kata vol.3 DVD release. (April 19) 
Itosu-ryu Karatedo Kata vol.4 DVD release. (Oct. 20)

 

■2009
2009 Itosu-ryu Karate do World Championship was held in Kuala Lumpur on July 25th.

Itosu-ryu International Conference was held at Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, on July 26th.

Itosu-ryu Karatedo Kata vol.5 DVD release. (Aug. 20)

■2013

 Itosu-ryu Karate do World Championship was held in Osaka Japan on July 28th.
 

■2017

 Itosu-ryu Karate do International Championship was held in Shanghai, China on August 18th and 19th.

■2021

 Itosu-ryu Karate do International Championship will be held in Kolding, Denmark.

Itosu-ryu Karatedo World Championships 
Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia in 2009