Chito-Ryu karate is a traditional Okinawan karate style founded by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose, who was born and raised on the island of Okinawa. Dr. Chitose was a medical doctor who based Chito-Ryu on ergonomically correct principles of human physiology. At the time, he discovered that some of the exercises and stances being used were detrimental to the health and well being of the students studying karate. Dr. Chitose’s philosophy was also that karate, as a self defence system, should include throws and joint immobilization techniques. Chito-Ryu karate is also typically characterized by blocks, punches, kicks and strikes. Part of the training involves learning and performing various sequences of movements called “kihon” (basic exercises) and “kata” (forms). There is also a component of dynamic training in the form of “renzouku waza” (continuous techniques) and “kumite” (combative sparring). These combined forms of training enable the student to develop the essential skills for self defence and also competitive “sport karate” training.
Chito-Ryu karate is designed to instill confidence and self-discipline while preparing the mind and body to defend against aggressive behaviour or assault. Chito-Ryu karate improves mental focus and concentration and builds self confidence. It improves physical ability, flexibility, physical stamina and coordination. Overall, practicing Chito-Ryu karate provides for a healthier lifestyle – mentally & physically. It can provide support and mentorship, instill self-respect and respect for others.
To the untrained eye, karate may seem violent. In reality, true karate practitioners pursue peaceful ways through physical training and adherence to the highest standards of etiquette, consciously striving for a spirit of sincerity, respect and courtesy. These elements, including the practice of self-control and good sportsmanship, build character and are integral to the philosophy of karate.