Ok so i have a thought popped up and i want to hear your oppinion.
IDEA: Basicly a childrens book, with some history of Karate. I want to explain from chine to o kinawa - shuri, naha and tomari to the evolution of integrating karate into the school system, and then to the spreading to the west after/during 2nd world war.
If you have to pick lets say a max. of 10 japaneese masters, who are the most important influental that HAVE to be in this childrens book? A small story / fairy tail, that would make theese easier admirable for small kids would help alot. I thought of Sakugawa, Bushi, Anku Itosu.
But as i don't want to make it to stylistic based (shotokan story, uechi, goju etc.) who do you consider important then, if you can't chose because of the fact that he is important to one style. How big influence did Funakoshi have, beside of shotokan for instance.
Also i thougt of mentioning some other than karate - like Yip man, Jugaro Kano, Ueshiba, Miyamoto Musashi and Mas Oyama (because of the great stories he has!)
I know there are alot of good karate historiens on this forum - so i would be very glad if you have some good well reasoned suggestions along with maybe a couple of jaw dropping stories? (for instance i recall Iains "chinte" story from a seminar!)
All the Best