Chito Ryu


Chito Ryu Karate was founded in Japan by the Okinawan master Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose (1898 - 1984). Chitose based his teachings on extensive study of Okinawan Shorei-ryu and Shorin-ryu karate and his medical knowledge of physiology. He combined the strengths of these two systems and eliminated training elements detrimental to the practitioner's health. The characters in the name Chito Ryu Karate translate as Chi = 1000 (years)   To = T'ang Dynasty (China over 100 years ago)   Ryu = Style    Kara = Empty   Te = Hand


Today, the International Chito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation is under the direction of Chitose Sensei, 2nd generation Soke of Chito-Ryu Karate-Do. Soke Sensei continues to build on the foundation set by his father.