Grand Master Gichin Funakoshi, 1868 - 1957, was Founder of Shotokan Karate.
Masatoshi Nakayama Sensei, 1913 - 1987, a student of Gichin Funakoshi Sensei, established the Japan Karate Association in 1949.
Keinosuke Enoeda Sensei, 1935 - 2003, was a student of Nakayama Sensei and part of a team of Masters sent out to spread Shotokan across the world (he was once credited as having the strongest punch in Japan) and was the Karate Union of great Britain Chief instructor from 1966 until his death in 2003, and was know by the nick name of Tora (Tiger).
Thomas McKinnon sensei, Founder of Torakan in 1977, was a student of Enoeda Sensei.
Anthony Shearer Sensei is a student of McKinnon Sensei.