O’SENSEI

Dr.Tsuyoshi Chitose

The founder of Chito-ryu karate, was born in Okinawa (birth place of karate) in the year 1898. Due to his family lineage he had the opportunity to train with many of the most famous karate masters in Okinawa at the time. He began his training in 1905 under the master Aragaki Ou. While training with Aragaki Sensei, he spent his first seven years perfecting the kata Sanchin. After the passing of Aragaki sensei around 1920, O’sensei went on to learn from many other masters such as Higaonna Kanryo, Kyan Chotoku, Motobu Choyu, and Hanshiro Chomo. While living in Okinawa he made his living as a school teacher, however felt incomplete and later moved to Tokyo where he went to University to study physiology. While living in Tokyo he assisted at the dojos of many of his friends who had moved from Okinawa to mainland Japan to teach karate. In 1946, while living in Kikuchi Japan, O’sensei gave the style of karate he taught the name Chito-ryu. He based this style on his many years of training with the top masters of Shuri te and Naha te. These were major forms of karate named after the area they were practiced in, before karate was brought to Japan and styles were named. He also used his knowledge of the human body as a doctor ridding his karate of things he found to be hazardous to the body. O’sensei taught many students both in Japan and internationally, being one of the first karate masters to be invited outside of Japan to teach. The life of O’sensei Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose unfortunately came to an end on June 6th 1984 at the age of 85.

SOKE SENSEI

Tsuyoshi Chitose

The head of the International Chito-ryu Karate Federation, He was born Yasuhiro Chitose in Kikuchi City, started his karate training with his father O’sensei at the age of two. After his father’s death in 1984, he took on the role of Soke (founding family), as well as assuming his fathers name, which is sometimes custom in Japan. Soke Sensei has three sons and many grand children who train regularly, and often the three generations train together from there home dojo. He has spent his entire life researching his father’s karate, and at age 67 he is still training daily and passing on the knowledge he has gained throughout his almost seven decades in karate. He does this at his dojo the Yoseikan, also known as the Sohonbu (headquarters dojo), as well as taking the time to travel around the world to hold clinics for his many international students. He is a strict sensei who wants the best from his students and believes in daily repetition of basics to get there.

HIGASHI SENSEI

Higashi Sensei

Higashi Sensei was born on October 14, 1940 in Chemainus BC. His family moved to Japan in 1946 and returned to Canada 10 years later. In 1961, at the age of 21, Higashi Sensei began training in Chito ryu under Masami Tsuroka Sensei (The Father of Canadian Karate). He earned his Shodan in one year and in 1964 was named Grand Champion at the first Canadian open karate tournament. In January of 1966, Higashi Sensei moved back to Japan to continue his training under O'sensei. In 1975 Higashi Sensei was named the leading authority of Ryu Kyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shin Ko Kai (Okinawan weapons art) by the founder Motokatsu Inoue. In 1995 he helped create the Canadian Ryu Kyu Kobujutsu Association of which he is the chief instructor. In 1979 at the age of 39 Higashi Sensei received his 7th dan and Kyoshi license from O'sensei and was designated the leading Authority of Chito ryu in Canada. Higashi Sensei is now the World Chief Instructor for the Canadian Chito Ryu Karatedo Association and the World Chito Ryu Karatedo Federation. He was awarded his Hanshi in November 2008 by Masami Tsuroka Sensei and received his 10th dan January 1st 2013.