On 20 March 1928, Gichin Funakoshi gave a Karate display, with fifteen of his students. It was by Imperial invitation at the Palace grounds of Sainei-kan.
On 20 March 1955, The Japan Karate Association (JKA) was founded. Masatoshi Nakayama was appointed the Chief Instructor and Masatomo Takagi was appointed Secretary of the JKA.
On 20 March 1957, Shotokan practitioner, Paul Mead was born. He is a former SKI British, European and World Champion
On 20 March 1999, Thomas LaPuppet died after a four-year-long battle with cancer. He was survived by his wife Mary Caroll-LaPuppet and their son Thomas Marice.
Known as the “Gentleman of Karate“, Thomas LaPuppet was a pioneer of American karate. A ferocious competitor, he was nicknamed “La Puppet (The Puppet)” for his ability to mimic other fighters.
On 22 March 1995, Brazilian, Francisco Filho, a future World Champion, attempted the 100-Man Kumite Challenge. He had previously completed the challenge in Brazil. He completed the challenge in 3 hours and 8 minutes. He won 76 flights (26 by Ippon, 50 by decision); drew 24 fights; and lost 0. To date, Filho is the only man (apart from Oyama) to complete the challenge twice.
On 23 March 1996, South African Kyokushin practitioner, Marius Schoeman, became the thirteenth man to complete the 100-Man Kumite Challenge.
On 25 March 2017, Hiroki Kurosawa died from acute heart failure. He was only 54 years old. He was cremated in a small private summer ceremony at his family’s request.
One of the most devastating and destructive fighters, Hiroki Kurosawa was known for his relentless attacks and powerful kicks. Known as the “Japanese Wolf“, he was one of the greatest Kyokushin fighters of his generation, alongside Kenji Midori and Kenji Yamaki.