Rare and historic Karate Pictures

A selection of rare Karate pictures just presented here for your enjoyment. There is no real rhyme or reason to these pictures other than they are not the same old pictures found on every other Karate website and offer a glimpse into days gone by that may be interesting to the modern day Karate practitioner.

Gichin Funakoshi and friends

Gichin Funakoshi and friends

Goju Ryu founder Chojun Miyagi and Shoto Ryu founder Gichin Funakoshi were friends

Goju Ryu founder Chojun Miyagi and Shoto Ryu founder Gichin Funakoshi were friends

Funakoshi with kobudo specialist Taira

Funakoshi with kobudo specialist Taira

Funakoshi teaching throws (probably the final move of Empi)

Funakoshi teaching throws (probably the final move of Empi)

Funakoshi and students circa WW2

Funakoshi and students circa WW2

Funakoshi teaching bunkai, possibly for Tekki Shodan

Funakoshi teaching bunkai, possibly for Tekki Shodan

Funakoshi probably did not appreciate being seated next to his rival Choki Motobu

Funakoshi probably did not appreciate being seated next to his rival Choki Motobu

Motobu teaching Bunkai for Naihanchi (Tekki) to female students

Motobu teaching Bunkai for Naihanchi (Tekki) to female students

Hirokazu Kanazawa winning the All Japan championship with a broken hand

Hirokazu Kanazawa winning the All Japan championship with a broken hand

Chinese master Gokenki teaching White Crane to Shito Ryu founder Kenwa Mabuni

Chinese master Gokenki teaching White Crane to Shito Ryu founder Kenwa Mabuni

A young Gichin Funakoshi

A young Gichin Funakoshi

The first ever European Karateka Jean Alcheik who began studying in around 1954

The first ever European Karateka Jean Alcheik who began studying in around 1954

The first ever British Karate class, taught by Vernon Bell in the gardens of his parents' tennis courts at Maybush Road, Hornchurch, Essex. Students include Michael Manning (second right) who gave me this picture

The first ever British Karate class, taught by Vernon Bell in the gardens of his parents’ tennis courts at Maybush Road, Hornchurch, Essex in 1956. Students include Michael Manning (second right) who gave me this picture

The north of England's first ever Karate club in Liverpool run by Fred Gille

The north of England’s first ever Karate club in Liverpool run by Fred Gille

The forefathers of Shotokan in England: Enoeda, Kanazawa, Kase, Bell, Shirai

The forefathers of Shotokan in England: Enoeda, Kanazawa, Kase, Bell, Shirai

The first ever GB Karate team including Terry Wingrove and Andy Sherry

The first ever GB Karate team including Terry Wingrove and Andy Sherry

Manchester Karate and Jujutsu classes are held at Van Dang Martial Arts, Manchester on Thursday evenings 8pm-9:30pm. Email kaicho@runbox.com for more details.

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