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Master Tsuyoshi Chitose

9 février 2008

Born in Okinawa, Master Chitose Tsuyoshi (also called Tsuyoshi Chinen, 1898-1988), studied the two major currents of Okinawan karate : naha-te and shorin-ryu (shuri-te and tomari-te). He studied principally under the control of masters Aragaki and Kyan Chotoku. In the course of his training, he also practiced with masters Miyagi Chojun, Mabuni Kenwa, Choki Motobu and Yabiku Moden.

mae Tsuyoshi Chitose

master Tsuyoshi Chitose

Between 1915 and 1920, he moved to Japan and perhaps became the first person to introduce the art of karate, even before master Funakoshi Gichin, of whom he was a pupil in an Okinawan school. Chitose studied medicine, then settled on the island of Kyushu. In 1948, he became president of the Zen Nihon Kenpo Karate Fukyukai and in 1958 was promoted to the rank of 10th dan for the Zen Okinawa Karate Ko-budo Rengo-kai. He trained many students like Yamamoto Mamoru, the founder of the Yoshukai school, and Tsuruoka Masami who is often called the « father of Canadian karate » through founding the National Karate Association (NKA).

mae Tsuyoshi Chitose

master Tsuyoshi Chitose

One should not confuse the chito-ryu school (which can be translated as « the school with a thousand year history ») with the shito-ryuu school of Master Mabuni Kenwa which is well reputed and well-known.

Mae Yasuhiro (Tsuyoshi) Chitose et Philippe Munn

Master Yasuhiro (Tsuyoshi) Chitose and Philippe Munn in Japan, 1985

interpreted from Philippe Munn’s
original French language article
by J.L. Munn

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