Chojun Miyagi

Founded by Chojun Miyagi Sensei. Chojun Sensei was born in the Higashi Machi district of Naha City on April 4, 1888. At the age of 14, he began to train directly under the supervision of Naha Te founder Kanryo Higaonna Sensei. At that time Kanryo Sensei had already travelled to Fuzhou and studied Chinese Kenpo and was teaching the young men of Naha.

When he was 20 years old (1908), Chojun Sensei joined the 6th infantry division. He served for 2 years leaving the military in 1910. Around 1914 he took an ailing Kanryo Sensei into his house until his death the following year. In the same year Chojun Sensei travelled to Fuzhou, China where he observed the world of Chinese Kempo.

 

1934-Miyagi

 

In 1918 Chojun Sensei began instructing at the schools beginning with the Naha Jinjou Higher Elementary School and expanded his Karate teaching role to include the Teacher’s College, Naha Commercial High School, and the Police Training Academy.

In 1927, he held a Karate Seminar at the University of Kyoto and followed this up with seminars to spread Karate at Kansai University, Ritsumeikan University, and Hawaii.

 

Miyagi-teaching-at-naha-koko-bukatsuWhen one of his top students, Jinan Shinzato Sensei took part in the All Japan Budo Commemorative Demonstration, he was asked what style he practised.

Based on the hard and soft breathing in the style he named the style Gojuryu. With that the first karate style in Japan was born.

Following the death of Chojun Sensei in 1953, many students have continued to spread and develop Gojuryu throughout Japan and the rest of the world.

In a meeting of the Okinawa Gojuryu General Committee in 1954, Chojun Miyagi Senseis wishes were fulfilled when Eiichi Miyazato Sensei was chosen as his successor.

 

Eiichi_MiyazatoEi’ichi Miyazato was born on 5 July 1922 in Okinawa and passed away on 10 December 1999 due to ill health.

Miyazato began his Karate training with his father training when he was 13 years old. He became a student of Chojun Miyagi at the age of 15. As a beginner, he practiced hojo undo (supplementary exercises) and kakie (sticking hands) and developed tremendous strength.

During this time he also began studying Judo. Famous for his ashi barai (foot sweep), he eventually became All Okinawa Judo Champion. He was a seventh dan in Judo.

Except for a short time during WWII, Miyazato remained with Chojun Miyagi until his death in 1953. Miyazato often assisted Chojun Miyagi teaching at the Garden Dojo and under his guidance also taught at local high schools.

Following Miyagi’s death in 1953, at the request of his fellow students and Miyagi’s family, Miyazato continued teaching at the Garden Dojo (Miyagi’s dojo). He was also the instructor at the Ryukyu Police Academy where he also taught Judo.

He also assumed the responsibility of preserving the Katas, principles and the future of his teacher’s Karate Do system, Goju Ryu.

Miyazato Hanshi opened his own dojo in 1954 and also built the Jundokan (House for the following in the footsteps of the father) in the Asato district of Naha in 1957. This three story structure included both the Jundokan dojo and his home on the top floor.

He is noted for carrying on the traditional way he had learned from Miyagi sensei.