The Most Important Karate Master in History (糸洲 安恒)

By Jesse Enkamp on

Learn about the Okinawan master who modernized Japanese Karate.

By creating the five Pinan / Heian kata and introducing Karate to the prefectural school system in Okinawa, this master paved the way for traditional Karate to be practiced in the Western world.

Without this sensei, Okinawa's martial art might not exist in mainland Japan. His most famous students included Funakoshi Gichin (Shotokan), Mabuni Kenwa (Shito-ryu), Chibana Choshin (Shorin-ryu) and Motobu Choki.

The practical applications of kata (bunkai) along with Kobudo (weapons) were unfortunately lost in this transition from Tode (Chinese Hand), but at least the art didn't die out.

If it wasn't for this grandmaster, most of us probably wouldn't be practicing Karate today.


Subscribe to KarateCast Email Updates

Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get the scoop on everything karate, right in your inbox

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from KarateCast

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By subscribing, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in our emails.

KarateCast is a side project of DesignKarma, and is aimed at helping the Karate community grow and improve by regularly sharing some of the best content available on the web. DesignKarma accepts no responsibility or liability for the content KarateCast links to. Enjoy the site, and bow before you leave!

Privacy Policy, Terms & Conditions