The photograph was taken on October 20, 2007, in Edmonton Canada.
The older gentleman (right front) is Chosei Motobu (1925 - ) son of Choki Motobu (1870 -1944). The young man behind him on his left is his son Naoki Motobu (1959 - ). To the rear left is Patrick Armijo (1954 - ) and left front is son, Ryan Armijo (1998 - ).
The Okinawan karate practitioner Choki Motobu (1870 – 1944) was born in Akahira village of Shuri, Okinawa. His father, Lord Motobu Choshin （Motobu Aji Chōsin) was a descendent of the sixth son of the Okinawan King, Sho Shitsu (1629 - 1668). Motobu was a student of several of Okinawa's most prominent karate practitioners. Anko Itosu (1831 - 1915), Sokon Matsumura(1809 - 1899),Sakuma Pechin, Kosaku Matsumora (1829 - 1898), and Tokumine Pechin (1860 - 1910) all taught Motobu at one time or another. Many teachers found his habit of testing his fighting prowess via street fights in the tsuji (red light district) undesirable, but his noble birth (as a descendant of the royal Okinawan Sho family) may have made it hard for them to refuse.
Choki Motobu trained many students who went on to become noteworthy practitioners of karate in their own right, including:
- Tatsuo Yamada, founder of Nihon Kenpo Karatedo
- Sannosuke Ueshima, founder of Kushin Ryu
- Yasuhiro Konishi, founder of Shindo Jinen Ryu
- Kose Kokuba (Japanese: Yukimori Kuniba), founder of Seishin Kai
- Hironori Ohtsuka, founder of Wado Ryu
- Tatsuo Shimabuku, founder of Isshin Ryu
- Shoshin Nagamine, founder of Matsubayashi Ryu
- Katsuya Miyahira, founder of Shorin-ryu Shido-kan
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