This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Gichin Funakoshi - This individual promotes karate-do, wears the Samurai topknot hairstyle, and has impeccable integrity. He is also the author of the book.
Yasutsune Azato - This is one of Okinawa's greatest karate experts who teaches the author the sport at night.
Yasutsune Itosu - This is another karate master who teaches how to avoid confrontation and is dead when Shoto-kan opens.
Master Matsumura - This is another karate master who duels an engraver by merely staring at the person's eyes.
Gichin's wife - This individual is a devout Buddhist...
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