Chitō-ryū 千唐流
is a style of karate founded by Tsuyoshi Chitose 千歳 强直, (1898 - 1984). The name of the style translates as: chi - 1,000; tō - China; ryū , "1,000 year old Chinese style." The character tō refers to the Tang Dynasty of China. The style was officially founded in 1946.1
Chitō-ryū is generally classified as a Japanese style because Chitose formulated and founded Chitō-ryū principally while living in Kumamoto, Japan. However, some modern practitioners
2 3 4 5 feel it is better categorized as an Okinawan style given that its roots and techniques are firmly grounded in and derived from traditional Okinawan Tōde 唐手. This belief is warranted since the style's founder, Tsuyoshi Chitose, received first the rank of Judan, in 1958,6 and then the rank of Hanshi, in 1968,7 from the Zen Okinawa Karate Kobudo Rengo Kai (All Okinawa Union of Karate-do and Kobu-do).

Chitose Tsuyoshi 千歳 剛直

Chitose was born on October 18, 1898 in the town of Kumochi, Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture.1 He came from a martial arts lineage—his maternal grandfather was Matsumura Sōkon 松村 宗棍. While in Okinawa, Chitose grew up studying the art of karate 唐手 Tang hand, now written 空手 empty hand, as well as kobudō.1 In 1921, he moved to mainland Japan to study medicine.1 Chitose developed Chitō-ryū using his understanding of physiology to adjust traditional techniques to make them both more effective and less detrimental to the bodies of long-term practitioners. Chitose died in 1984 at the age of 86.
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1. Chitose created Chitō-ryū by combining the strength techniques from Shuri-te, with those of Naha-te. While present, the influence of Tomari-te is less than that of the two previously mentioned foundation styles.

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