Founder / Master Anko Itosu
He recomposed Okinawan indigenous martial arts, called "Ti" or "To-di"
as a modern form of physical exercise and named it "Karate."
He made a lot of katas including the Pinan series.
His style was called "Itosu-ha" during this period.
Born in Gibo, Shuri, Okinawa.
Studied Karate from childhood under Master Sokon Matsumura and Master Kosaku Matsumora.
After the abolition of Ryukyu kingdom and establishment of Okinawa prefectures, he devoted himself to teaching Karate.
Taught Karate as part of the physical education curriculum at Shuri Elementary School. This was the first step in the popularization of Karate.
He actively taught Karate at 1st Okinawa Prefectural High School and Teacher Training School as a part-time teacher.
At the age of 77, he wrote "Karate Juka-jo" in October.
Passed away on 26th January at the age of 85.
A monument to Master Anko Itosu was erected in a cemetery on August 30th.
Second Soke / Kenwa Mabuni
He learned Anko Itosu's katas most accurately and mastered all of his katas.
He succeeded him as the 2nd Soke of "Itosu-ha."
Kenwa Mabuni also studied under Kanryo Higaonna of Naha-te.
Taking the first Kanji characters of his two teachers' names and founded "Shito-ryu."
Born in Shuri, Okinawa on November 14.
Commenced study under Master Anko Itosu of Shuri-te at the age of 13.
Studied under Master Kanryo Higaonna by recommendation of Chojun Miyagi.
Served as a Detective for Naha Police Department. He was fortunate enough to have
the opportunity to learn about other Karate schools and Ryukyu Kobudo.
Presided over "Karate Kenkyu kai" in May.
He opened a Dojo in his home in April and established the "Karate Kenkyu Club".
Moved to Osaka in order to promote Karate mainly at universities in western Japan.
Opened "Yoshu-kan Karate Dojo".
Established Shito-ryu. Registered the name with Dainippon Butoku-kai.
He was bestowed the title Karatedo Renshi by this association.
Passed away on May 23 at the age of 64.
Third Soke / Ryusho Sakagami
(1915 - 1993)
He succeeded to the position of third Itosu-ha Soke in accordance with
the direction of Master Kenwa Mabuni on January 2nd, 1952.
He officially changed the name of the style "Itosu-ryu" and he established
"Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai" to preserve and promote the style.
Japan Karatedo Federation Hanshi 9th dan
Ryukyu Kobudo Hanshi 8th dan
Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido Hanshi 8th dan
All Japan Kendo Federation Hanshi 7th dan
Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo Kyoshi 7th dan
Founder of Ryukyu Kobudo Kongo-ryu
Born in Kawanishi city, Hyogo on April 13.
Studied Tomari-te Matsumora-ha under Master Tamashiro from Okinawa in August.
Entered Kokushi-kan Kendo department. He studied Karatedo and Ryukyu Kobudo under Master Moden Yabiku.
Studied Shito-ryu Karatedo and Ryukyu Kobudo under Kenwa Mabuni.
Established Shito-ryu Karatedo Sakagami Dojo in March.
Master Kenwa Mabuni bestowed upon him the Shito-ryu Shihan certificate on December 1st.
Dainippon Butoku-kai bestowed upon him the title Karatedo Renshi on April 17th.
Succeeded to the poshhon of third Itosu-ha Soke in accordance with the direction of Master Kenwa Mabuni on January 2nd.
Established "Nihon Genbu-kan Karate Dojo" in Katsushika ward, Tokyo.
Moved Dojo to Tsurumi ward, Yokohama. Changed the name to Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai and made it the Head Dojo.
Became a founding member of Japan Karatedo Rengokai and was elected as the 1st Chairman of the Board.
Master Shinken Taira bestowed upon him the Ryukyu Kobudo Shihan certificate on May 1st.
Master Shinken Taira bestowed upon him Ryukyu Kobudo Hanshi 8th Dan on May 1st.
Newly Established the Head Dojo at the current location on December 1st.
Took part in the establishment of the Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) on October 1st.
Japan Karatedo Rengokai bestowed upon him Karatedo Hanshi 9th Dan on March 19th.
Became a JKF Technical Committee Member and Consultant in November.
Became a JKF First Grade Examiner.
JKF bestowed upon him Karatedo 8th Dan on March 1st.
JKF bestowed upon him the title Karatedo Hanshi on October 1st.
Became a Technical Consultant of Japan Karatedo Rengokai in October.
Japan Budo Society bestowed upon him the Award for Distinguished Service Award in a field of Budo on January 15th.
Established Ryukyu Kobudo "Kongo-ryu".
Japan Karatedo Rengokai bestowed upon him Karatedo 10th Dan on August 19th.
Passed away at the age of 78 on December 28th.
Held certifications of Kendo Hanshi 7th Dan, Jodo Kyoshi 7th Dan and Iaido Hanshi 8th Dan.
JKF bestowed upon him Hanshi 9th Dan posthumously on June 22nd.
Fourth Soke / Sadaaki Sakagami
He succeeded to the position of 4th Itosu-ryu Soke and
became the President of Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai on April 30th, 1994.
.He established"Itosu-ryu Karatedo International Federation"
to promote the style to worldwide.
Japan Karatedo Federation Hanshi 8th dan
All Japan Kendo Federation Kyoshi 7th dan
Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo Kyoshi 6th dan
Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai-do Kyoshi 5th dan
Ryukyu Kobudo Kongo-ryu Shuseki Shihan
Born in Kawanishi, Hyogo as the first son of Ryusho Sakagami on March 9th.
Studied Karatedo and Kendo under his father Ryusho from the age of 12.
Performed Kata at the Head Dojo's establishment ceremony on May 13.
Studied Ryukyu Kobudo under Master Shinken Taira from February.
Became Kata champion at the 4th Rengokai Western Japan Tournament on September 11th.
Became Kata champion at the 4th Itosu-kai National Championships on November 19th.
Became Kata champion of the 8th Rengokai National Championships on May 4th.
Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai Kanto Area General Manager on November 11th.
Performed Ryukyu Kobudo with his father Ryusho at the 1st World Karatedo Championships on October 10th in Tokyo, Japan.
Ryusho, his father bestowed upon him the Itosu-ryu Shihan certification on October 1st. Started instruction as a fulltime Shihan at the general Head Dojo.
Went to Canada to instruct Karate. Since then he has taught Karate all over the world.
Acquired official 7th Dan of the Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) on November 6th.
Became a JKF 2nd Grade Examiner in April 1st.
Japan Karatedo Rengokai bestowed upon him Karatedo 8th Dan on August 19th.
Succeeded to the position of 4th Itosu-ryu Soke and became the President of Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai on April 30th.
Ryukyu Kobudo "Kongoryu" Head Instructor on April 1st.
JKF bestowed upon him the title of Karatedo Kyoshi on March 15th.
Became a chief secretaty of the JKF Central Technical Committee Member on April 1st.
Earned the honor as Karatedo Hanshi from Japan Karatedo Rengokai.
Japan Karatedo Federaion (JKF) bestowed upon him Karatedo 8th Dan on March 10th.
On April 1st, Installed as vice chairperson of JKF Central Technical Committee and held the post of chief secretary concurrently.
Became a JKF 1st Grade Examiner in April 1st.
On March 21st, installed as Vice President of Nippon Karate do Rengokai.
On April 1st, installed as Chairperson of JKF Central Technical Committee.
JKF bestowed upon him the title of Karatedo Hanshi on December 10th.
On August 23rd, installed as Deputy President of Nippon Karate do Rengokai.
Japan Karatedo Rengokai bestowed upon him Karatedo 9th Dan on October10th.
Nihon Karatedo Rengokai President (Japan Karatedo Rengokai) on February 23th.
Other Martial Arts care: Holds titles of Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, Iaido 5th Dan, Jodo Kyoshi 6th Dan and Ryukyu Kobudo "Kongoryu" Head Instructor.