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The sun is the cultural symbol of Japan, which is derived from oriental mythology and is represented as the national symbol on the Japanese flag. O-Sensei Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose, creator of Chito-Ryu, said the sun really belongs to all of the people of the world, and he hoped that through the practice of Chito-Ryu people would learn to be friends and that the sun would someday shine on an earth, which was at peace with itself.
We call ourselves a karate club, not a school because we want members to have pride of ownership. Honoring Soke Sensei's dream, we turned to the symbol of the sun and incorporated indigo to demonstrate a seamless blending of color. In front of the sun is the kanji character for peace.
~ Our Philosophy ~
Indigo Sun Karate Club practices Chito-Ryu karate with structured learning, testing, belts and sparring. Students cooperate in creating a safe environment and instructors encourage them to optimize the art to themselves.
We are not:
A belt shop
A tournament school
A money-draining organization
An impersonal, contract-oriented place
A survival-of-the-fittest type school
Students can expect:
To increase coordination, fitness and flexibility
To increase confidence, self-discipline and self-expectation
To enjoy classes from both a fun and personal growth perspective.
To be pushed to their limit, not past it
To be cared about
Not all students advance at the same rate. Progress depends on many factors, including, age, physical coordination, mental awareness of detail, and overall interest. An intermediate junior grade system is used to mark progress in the children's program. Incremental rank promotions between certified ranks are indicated by the instructor placing colored stripes on the students' belts. There is also one additional belt for children under age nine (orange). We have found that this incremental system motivates younger students and gives them immediate feedback on his or her progress between certified belt ranks. The certified belt ranks are in all ways comparable to the adult requirements, and children may take examinations right along side the adults.
Students who reach age 12 or earn yellow belt may train in both the youth and adult programs, moving back and forth between the two programs as needed. How soon they are ready for the longer, more intense adult program depends on the individual child. Students who reach age 13 will be transferred into the adult class where they may continue their training.
~ About Chito-Ryu Karate ~
Chito Ryu, a traditional karate style, focuses on good manners, self-discipline, physical fitness and self-defense. Karate begins and ends with courtesy.
Chito Ryu karate is one of the oldest styles of karate. It is a traditional Japanese martial art which offers the student excellent physical conditioning and prepares the mind and body to defend against aggressive behavior or assault. The student develops a greater sense of self-confidence and learns to respect themselves and others in their community. The development of self-esteem and learning the difference between violence and self-defense is taught.
No special athletic ability or flexibility is required to learn karate. Chito Ryu can be practiced by all ages, regardless of gender. Special accommodations are generally made for those with inabilities by the instructor, who aims to work with each student's level of ability.
As a martial art, Chito Ryu karate aims at the development of each students' capabilities. Chito Ryu karate develops healthy bodies and sharply focused minds. These qualities are important at all stages of life.
Chito Ryu Karate training is based on Kihon (basics), Kata (form) and Kumite (fighting) practice.
Internationally, Chito Ryu Karate is practiced in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, Scotland and Ireland.
~ O-Sensei ~
Bust of O-Sensei
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 Do 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 healthier 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.
Bust of O-Sensei
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 Sok
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