Japanese Karate began in 1925 when Gichin Funakoshi, an Okinawan schoolteacher, came to Tokyo to teach the ancient Okinawan art to the Japanese.
Before Funakoshi, the Japanese concentrated on jujutsu and sword arts, along with other weapons.
Funakoshi’s acceptance in Japan was greatly assisted by Jigoro Kano, founder of judo and influential in elite Japanese society.
Kano sent Minoru Mochizuki, a protege in judo, to train with Funakoshi around 1925, to learn and teach karate at the kodokan judo headquarters.
Mochizuki was instrumental in the spread of Shotokan and other forms of karate in Europe after World War II.
Minoru Mochizuki instructed David Orange as his uchi deshi.