- Published: 12 March 2008 12 March 2008
- Last Updated: 26 June 2016 26 June 2016
The centre circle represents the sun. The outer circle represents the universe. The five lines on the left and right are hands. The crest as a whole means: by studying Chito Ryu Karate-Do the people of the world are making a pledge of peace to come together hand in hand.
O-Sensei was told by Arigaki Sensei that Karate-do originated approximately one thousand years ago in China. Based on this, O-Sensei named his style 'Chito Ryu', according to the origins of Karate-do.
'CHI' means 'one thousand'.
'TO' refers to China’s Tang dynasty (618-907), which is where To-de (which later became known as Karate-do) is commonly thought have sprung from.
'RYU' is the Japanese word for style.