Karate instructors born before 1900, lineage chart



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This page is desgined to allow anyone in the public to contribute to the family tree or "genealogy" of karate using a wiki collaborative tool. We decided to create some very simple rules to make debates over hierarchy, styles etc. simple and create a focus on the most likely nature of an instrcutor's approach to the art by classifying via what the majority of their training to date has been - rather than focusing solely on styles or most recent rank issued. Six sub-pages with charts exist to attempt to cover most of the major straeams of karate.


Rules that classify someone's chart position:
 - adhere to these when posting/editing a name into a chart:

1. They must hold at least the rank of shodan (not relevant in karate-ka bron in 1800s), and
2. They must be placed underneath the person who appears most often on their assorted Dan rank certificates, and 
3. They must be placed underneath someone they spent more than 1 year training with directly or on a regular basis - face-to-face

The aim is to represent the primary influence on an instructors lifetime of karate study, not to record recent shifts in organizational reporting or necessarily the last rank issued. Once someone has had a majority of their ranks issued to them by a given individual it is assumed that best represents their primary lineage, and hence their position in the chart (so a person can only be shown to have one primary instructor, an influence by 2 or 3 sensei is not yet built into the gadget). While not a perfect system, trying to show everyone's broad experiences and belt test panels together in one chart is a task that is not really feasible given the diversity of travels and exposure senior karate-ka generally have.

Keep it simple - name and style only - the chart is about one's position in a lineage not about age, other people they trained with or 
how long they trained.

Below is the lineage chart only listing instructors born before 1900. Click the below categories to jump to the webpage representing the other karate lineages.

    Shito-ryu lineage chart          Shotokan lineage chart        Kyokushin lineage chart            Goju lineage chart 

At the bottom of this page is the link to edit the chart - it simply requires you understand basic spreadsheet function and follow a few simple rules which are posted in the linked spreadsheet (or ask someone you know who can do it). The charts are backed up monthly in case users spam it, or corrupt it. If you see a corrupt chart please contact us and we will flip it back to the version from the prior month.

Note: This 1800s chart is limited given cross training is not represented - the amount of cross training that forged sensei in the 1800s in Okinawa was significant as in the case of Mabuni, Motobu and many others. As mentioned above, these WIKI lineage charts are more for the 1900s when the styles developed - see above links to those heritage charts...

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