Master Toyotaro Miyazaki
1868 Master Gichin Funakoshi Shoto as he was known, was born in Naha Okinawa and as a young child began learning To-di from Master Anko Azato of Naha and Master Anko Itosu of Shuri. Masters Asato and Itosu were disciples of the great Okinawan Martial Artist, Sokon Matsumura who was himself a disciple of Kanga Sakugawa and three Chinese Military attaches, Wai shin Zan, Ason and Iwah.
1917 Master Funakoshi performed the first public demonstration of Karate outside of Okinawa at the Butokuden Martial art center in Kyoto Japan.
1921 Master Funakoshi demonstrated Karate at Okinawa's Shuri castle for Hirohito the Crown Prince of Japan. The Prince ( Future Emperor of Japan) was so impressed that he wanted the art to be introduce to Mainland Japan.
1922 The Master moved to Japan and permanently settle down in Koishikawa Tokyo and started teaching at the Meisei juku (dormitory for Okinawan Students).
1922 Master Funakoshi performed public Karate demonstrations in Tokyo and introduced the Okinawan art to the general public.
1922 Master Tomosaburo Okano was born in Hachioji-shi Tokyo, Japan. Later Master Okano was designated a living national treasure for karate by the Japanese government.
Master Tomosaburo Okano History
1941 Master Tomosaburo Okano started karate At 19 years old with Mister Toshio Igarashi, a member of the Pine Wave School.
1942 Mister Igarashi brought and introduced Master Okano to the Shotokan dojo and became a direct student of Master Gichin Funakoshi and his third son, Master Gigo Funakoshi.
1944 On September 25th, Master Toyotaro Miyazaki was born in Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan.
1945 Master Okano returned from the air force and revived the KenkoKai Karate-Bu after the war.
1948 The kenkokai Karate-bu change it's name to the Kenkojuku Dojo. The Kenkojuku Budokan was established at the present location in Minamimachi.
1959 Master Toyotaro Miyazaki joined the Kenkojuku dojo and became a top student of Master Okano.
1967 Master Miyazaki came to America and started teaching the original style of Shotokan. He settle down in New York City area and became the Head instructor of the USA Kenkojuku Shotokan Karate-do Association. He later founded the Japan Karate-do USA Shotokai Karate-do Association and now supervises the International Shotokai Karate-do Federation.
2001 On September 23rd, Master Tomosaburo Okano celebrated his 60th anniversary in Karate.
2003 Master Tomosaburo Okano passed away on July 19th at the age of 81.