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Brief History of


Kenwa Mabuni & Ryusho Sakagami

Yoshu-kan Mabuni Dojo, in 1941

Mabuni and Sakagami

(The 3rd Line Center and Right)

Ryusho Sakagami, Kenwa Mabuni, Gichin Fuakoshi

Sakagami, Mabuni, Obata and Funakoshi

(From left to right)

Itosu-ryu Karate

Memorial Performance of
Head Dojo Opening, in 1956

Ryukyu Kobudo

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

Itosu-ryu Karatedo World Championships 
Los Angeles USA in 2005

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.
Published `Ryukyu Kobudo Series-Sai' (September 1st).

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.

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

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

Published `Karatedo Kata Taikan' (October 10th)

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

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

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)

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

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

Ryusho Sakagami passed away on December 28th.

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

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

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

Established the Itosu-kai newsletter on April 1st.

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 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.


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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

Itosu-ryu Karatedo World Championships 
Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia in 2009

Itosu-ryu Karatedo International Federation (IKIF) logo
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