- Published: 12 March 2008 12 March 2008
- Last Updated: 26 June 2016 26 June 2016
Chito-Ryu Karate was founded in Japan by the Okinawan master Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose (1898 - 1984). Chitose (O Sensei), 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 = Tang Dynasty in China (618 - 907AD), Ryu = Style, Kara = Empty, Te = Hand & Do = Way or Method.
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.
Chito-Ryu is one of the oldest styles of karate in Canada. Chito-Ryu karate offers participants excellent physical conditioning and strong mental discipline, as well as a proven method of self-defense. This Karate style can be practiced by all ages. No special athletic abilities or flexibility is required. Chito-Ryu traditional karate focuses on good manners, self-discipline, physical fitness and self-defense.