List of Historical Martial Arts Events on May 27

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Historical Events

5 / 27 / 1968 The Lee Brothers unify the Korean Martial Arts & Open Expo at the request of Korea's President Park.Hwa Rang Do Founder Dr. Joo-Bang Lee receives highest rank of 8th Dan Degree in Hap Ki Do. (Seoul, Korea)

5 / 27 / 1949 The Japan Karate AssociationThe Japan Karate Association (JKA), one of the world oldest and most influential karate organizations, is founded in Tokyo by senior students of shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi. The JKA shotokan approach is based on Funakoshis karate, but with significant adaptations introduced mostly by Masatoshi Nakayama, who was JKA chief instructor until his death in 1987. Under Nakayamas leadership, a generation of respected instructors spread karate worldwide, guided from the JKAs headquarters in Tokyo.



Michael Tippett

Paul Butterfield


Paul Davies

Homer Cowger

Steven Franz

Tom Tomlinson

sensei Irving Rodriguez



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