List of Historical Martial Arts Events on January 

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Historical Events

1 / 20 / 1953 Rich Baptista (Birthday)

1 / 6 / 1963 Alice Chung Chang's Birthday

1 / 25 / 1967 Michael Deubner (Birthday)

1 / 20 / 1921 Seitoku Higa (Birthday)

1 / 23 / 1955 Debra Holloway (Birthday)

1 / 2 / 1937 Seijin Inamine's Birthday

1 / 3 / 1949 Danny Lane's Birthday

1 / 20 / 1964 Charlie Lee (Birthday)

1 / 13 / 1947 Jeong Sook Lee (Birthday)

1 / 2 / 1934 Taketo Nakamura's Birthday

1 / 30 / 1938 Knag Rhee (Birthday)

1 / 24 / 1941 Shigetoshi Senaha (Birthday)

1 / 27 / 1957 Cliff Thomas (Birthday)

1 / 25 / 1943 Ron Van Clief (Birthday)

1 / 22 / 1944 John Worley (Birthday)

1 / 20 / 1978 Harry Ishikawa (passed away)

1 / 27 / 1965 Kyuzo Mifune (passed away)Mifune died on January 27, 1965, in the Nichidai University Hospital in Tokyo

1 / 28 / 1890 Henry Okazaki (Birthday)

1 / 1 / 1866 At 22 Kanryo Higaonna travels to Foochoow, China, where he studies Chinese martial arts under Ryu Ryuko.

1 / 1 / 1912 Meitoku Yagi, founder of Meibukan Goju Ryu and Chojun Miyagi's later successor, is born on March 6th.

1 / 1 / 1933 Goju-Ryu is officially registered with the Dai Nippon Butokukai as a ryu and Karate is recogized as an offficial martial art. Anthony Mirakian is born on November 12th.

1 / 1 / 1945 Shinzato Jinan dies in April during the battle of Okinawa. Shinzato, along with Miyagi, was very instrumental in the coining the name

1 / 1 / 1951 Gogen Yamaguchi receives Hanshi, tenth dan, from Miyagi.

1 / 1 / 1953 Chojun Miyagi dies on October 9th at the age of 65.

1 / 1 / 1955 Shikan Akimine (student of Kanki Izumikawa) opens the first Goju Ryu dojo in Brazil. Seikichi Toguchi forms the Shoreikan.

1 / 1 / 1957 Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Modern Karate, dies at the age of 88. Miyazato Eiichi established Jundokan Goju.

1 / 1 / 1959 Peter Urban introduces Japanese Goju Ryu to the United States.

1 / 1 / 1960 Anthony Mirakian brings Okinawan Meibukan Goju Ryu to the United States.

1 / 1 / 1961

1 / 1 / 1963 Meitoku Yagi receives Chojun Miyagi's karate gi and belt, becoming his official successor.

1 / 1 / 1964 Gosei Yamaguchi joins his brother Goshi in San Francisco. Gogen Yamaguchi helps form the All Japan Karate-Do Federation.

1 / 1 / 1965

1 / 1 / 1966 Peter Urban leaves Japanese Goju-Ryu and introduces USA Goju to the world. Seiko Higa dies.

1 / 1 / 1971 Ron Van Clief (a student of Peter Urban) forms his own system called Chinese Goju.

1 / 1 / 1974 Harry Rosenstein forms Kanzen Goju Ryu.

1 / 1 / 1979 Morio Higaonna leaves Miyazato Eiichi Sensei and forms the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF).

1 / 1 / 1987 Lou Angel forms Tenshi-Goju Kai, in Joplin, Mo.

1 / 1 / 1989 On May 20th. Grandmaster Gogen Yamaguchi dies at the age of 80.

1 / 1 / 1991 Masafumi Suzuki dies on October 11th.

1 / 1 / 1993 Masanobu Shinjo dies on October 15th.

1 / 1 / 1994 Shidoshi Ron Van Clief, age 51, competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships.

1 / 1 / 1995 Frank Ruiz, founder of Nisei Goju Ry, dies on June 20 after a long illness.

1 / 1 / 1996 Ron Taganashi, co-founder of Nisei Goju Ryu dies.

1 / 1 / 1998 Seikichi Toguchi dies on Aug. 31st at the age of 81.

1 / 1 / 1999 Miyazato Eiichi Hanshi dies.

1 / 1 / 2001 Chinese Goju Headquarters is placed under the direction of Glen Perry, Soke, 8th dan.

1 / 1 / 2002 Ron Van Clief competes in S. Henry Cho's Open Invitational tournament and takes 1st place in kata and kumite.

1 / 15 / 1981 The WTF was affiliated to the International Council of Sports Science & Physical Education [ICSSPE].

1 / 6 / 1990 The Central American Sports Organization adopted Taekwondo as an official sport of the Central American Games.

1 / 15 / 1994 The Promotion Committee for Taekwondo's Olympic Status was set up at a meeting held in Seoul, Korea with 49 sports and social leaders from Korea and other countries participating as members.

1 / 0 / 2001 Chinese Olympic Committee announced that Taekwondo is participating in the Chinese National Sports Meeting to be held in November 2001 for the first time. This national sport event of China with 1.2 billion people is held every four years.

1 / 1 / 1982 Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin creates the World Tang Soo Do Association.

1 / 2 / 1922 Ken Sakio was born.

1 / 18 / 1968 Grandmaster Kim Soo arrives from Seoul

1 / 1 / 2009 Begins writing Turning Point column for John Corcorans Martial Arts Success magazine

1 / 9 / 1973 HWA RANG DO on Korea's TBC- TV Show

1 / 1 / 1977 Rainbow Publication's BLACK BELT MAGAZINE features Dojoo Nim Dr. Joo-Bang Lee on it's cover

1 / 3 / 2006 Ken Eubanks (Passed Away)

1 / 10 / 1952 Rorion Gracie Birthday

1 / 30 / 1986 Won boxing match against Gordie Hannahin Edmonton, Canada

1 / 1 / 1980 Won kickboxing match against Reg Johnsonin Calgary, Canada

1 / 20 / 1980 Started boxing lessons with Ted James and Rocky (his son)at the South Side Legion boxing gym on South Side Edmonton

1 / 27 / 1998 Pete's son Chaz Cunningham is born

1 / 27 / 1993 Appeared on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

1 / 3 / 1992 Appeared on Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight

1 / 1 / 1981 Meeting The JetI meet "The Legend", Benny "The Jet" Urquidez at his kickboxing seminar held in Vancouver BC, Canada. A month before his big title defense against a Japanese opponent. Sensei Benny tells me: "you are going to be a great champion ...". A month later I fight Gordy Gong, the Canadian Champion. It's my first Pro-Fight and I win BIG by TKO, a roundkick to the head.
After the fight Sensei Rueben and Sensei Blinky approach my mother and I. They congratulate me and extend an invitation to come to their world class facility in Van Nuys, CA. I am ecstatic!

1 / 8 / 1960 Karate is seen for the first time in an American TV seriesKarate is seen for the first time in an American TV series on The Detectives, starring Robert Taylor. In an episode entitled Karate, Taylor must track down a killer whos slaying his victims with deadly blows to the neck. Black belt Bruce Tegner plays a karate expert who explains the arts potential power and demonstrates how a karate chop can be used to break a brick.

1 / 8 / 1992 Kung-fu champion Mark Dacascos makes his film debut inKung-fu champion Mark Dacascos makes his film debut in American Samurai, scripted by martial arts writer John Corcoran. This straight-to-video release launches Dacascos thriving acting career spanning over 20 years, in which he has had starring roles in over 30 movies and television shows. Since circa April 2004, Dacascos has played "The Chairman" on TVs Iron Chef America: The Series on the Food Network, the fictional nephew of Takeshi Kaga, "Chairman Kaga," of the original Japanese series of Iron Chef programs.

1 / 15 / 1956 Isshinryu karate is founded by Tatsuo Shimabuku in Okinawa

1 / 25 / 2002 Kung Pow! Enter the FistKung Pow! Enter the Fist, a martial arts satire, debuts in theaters and ultimately grosses $16.9 million worldwide. It cost $10 million to make.

1 / 26 / 1918 Gunji Koizumi establishes a society in London called the BudokwaiAt his own expense, Gunji Koizumi establishes a society in London called the Budokwai (Way of Knighthood Society). The Budokwai offers tuition in jujutsu, kendo and other Japanese arts to the British people. For this purpose, Koizumi secures a location in Lower Grosvenor Place, along the back wall of Buckingham Palace.

1 / 28 / 1986 Astronaut Dr. Ron McNair died.Astronaut Dr. Ron McNair, called the First Black Belt in Space, perishes along with six others aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger when it explodes off the coast of Florida shortly after takeoff. His first mission was in 1978 and the crater McNair on the Moon is named in his honor. McNair, an African-American, was a 5th dan in shorei-ryu karate who studied under Robert Trias, the Father of Karate in America.

1 / 8 / 2007 Korean-American hapkido master Bong Soo Han dies at his home in Santa Monica, CA. Born on Aug. 25, 1931, he was 75.Han died at his home in Santa Monica, California, on January 8, 2007. He was buried in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

1 / 4 / 1999 Kisshomaru Ueshiba passed away

1 / 20 / 1920 Koichi Tohei was born

1 / 5 / 2012 Fariborz Azhakh Celebrates his 50th Birthday by Sparring 50 Rounds

1 / 1 / 2011 Police/Military Certified Instructor Krav Maga Alliance Force Instructor Director Jeremy Stafford

1 / 7 / 1986 opened my own school - KMA Newtown



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