Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose (1898 – 1984) Founder of Chito-Ryu Karate


Ware ware Karate-do o shugyo surumonowa,
Tsuneni bushido seishin o wasurezu,
Wa to nin o motte nashi,
Soshite tsutomereba kanarazu tasu.


We who study Karate-Do
Should never forget the spirit of the warrior’s way,
Through Peace, Perseverance and Hard Work, 
We will not fail to reach our goal. 

Tsuyoshi Chitose

Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose, also known as as Chinen Gua in Okinawa, was the founder of Chito-Ryu Karate. Born in Kumochi, Naha City, Okinawa-ken (prefecture), on October 18th, 1898 Dr. Chitose created Chito-Ryu after spending years studying both Shorin-Ryu and Shorei-Ryu. He became the Supreme Instructor, 10th dan, of Chito Kai of the All Japan Karate Doh Federation.

Chito-Ryu developed from two disciplines, Shuri no Te (now known as Shorin-Ryu) and Naha no Te (now known as Shorei-Ryu). O’Sensei created Chito-Ryu by combining the merits of each with his medical knowledge to come up with a more healthy alternative.

O’Sensei was introduced into the secrets of Naha no Te by the respected fifth master Mr. Aragaki Ou at the age of seven. At that time Mr. Gichin Funakoshi a pioneer of Karate-do on the mainland was also in Naha as a student. 

At Shuri city O’Sensei studied under such masters as: Mr. Choyu Motobu, Mr. Chotoku Kiyan, Mr. Haragusuku Chiyomu, Mr. Kanryo Higaonna (who also taught Mr. Chojun Miyagusuku, the founder of Goju-Ryu and Mr. Kenwa Mabuni, the founder of Shito-Ryu). 


In 1922 O’Sensei went to Tokyo to study medicine, while there he assisted in the opening of Mr. Funakoshi’s SHOTO-KAI YOTSUYA dojo. He instructed in kumite and the kata of SEISAN and BASSAI. 

After World War II, in March 1946, O’Sensei opened a karate dojo called Yoseikan in Naka Machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto-ken. 


In 1958 O’Sensei attained the the rank of Juudan from ZEN OKINAWA KARATE KOBUDO RENGO KAI (The all Okinawa Karate and Weaponry association). 


In 1975 he moved his dojo which was known as the SOHONBU (General headquarters) to Tsuboi, Kumamoto City, where it presently exists. 

At O’Sensei’s death in 1984, his son Yasuhiro Chitose assumed the name of his father , Tsuyoshi Chitose and took on the responsibilities as new Soke.



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Soke Sensei has been the head of the International Chito-Kai since 1984.  In June 1984, the founder of Chito-Ryu Karate, Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose Sensei, passed away and his son Chitose Yasuhiro became the head of the International Chito-Kai.  In keeping with the traditional Japanese custom he changed his name to Chitose Tsuyoshi, in honour of his father.

Soke Sensei is the head of the International Chito-Ryu Federation, which can be found at the web site  http://www.chitoryu.co.jp/en/  The International Technical Program for Chito-Ryu is directed by Soke Sensei and members of the ICKF Technical Committee.

Yomeikan Karate and the BC Chito-Kai are associated to the International Chito-Ryu Karate Federation and recognize Soke Sensei as our supreme leader.

Soke Sensei travels throughout all member countries, conducting Chito-Ryu clinics and grading sessions at the request of member organizations.  We are always honoured  when Soke Sensei travels throughout Canada, as head of Chito-Ryu.


                 Canmore Karate Camp 2009 045    Kyoshi Taneda, Taneda Karate Dojos, Kelowna BC


  Sensei Chris Taneda is a 7th Degree Black Belt with the title of Kyoshi.  Sensei Taneda was a 6 time Canadian National Kumite Champion and 4  time Chito-ryu  World Champion.  Sensei Taneda is currently the head coach of the Zone 2 Karate BC Team and was awarded Karate BC 2005 Coach of the Year.  Sensei Taneda  now travels throughout Canada teaching Chito-Ryu to various ICKF dojos in the various Provinces.  Sensei is a very inspirational and motivational teacher to all karateka at any belt level.