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chito/shito ryu
Original Poster: bamboo
Forum: Japanese Martial Arts
Posted On: 30-04-2004, 17:07

Orginal Post: bamboo: In my travels i have seen both chito-ryu and shito-ryu karate advertised. Is this simply a spelling difference or is there a more subtle or larger difference in the arts?

thanks. :)

-bamboo

Post: setsu nin to:

Its not just spelling diferents there are two diferent martial arts with “similar” name.

Chito-ryu Karate was founded by Tsuyoshi Chitose. Chitose was born in 1898 so its no so new style. Chito-ryu was developed from two arts; Shorin-Ryu and Shorei-Ryu. Also its important to say, in my opinion, that Tsuyoshi Chitose learned Karate from many famous Karate masters inclouding Kenwa Mabuni, the founder of Shito-ryu Karate. So thare was influence of Shito-ryu Karate on Chito-ryu Karate.

Also it could be interesting to you (bamboo) that Tsuyoshi Chitose used title OSensei.>

Post: bamboo:

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Also it could be interesting to you (bamboo) that Tsuyoshi Chitose used title OSensei.

Do you know if he demanded the title or if was used by the students after his death?

-bamboo>

Post: setsu nin to:

From what I found he didnt use OSensei title when he was talking about himself. His students give him that title. In my opinion he was more open to West and he prefere to be called Dr. Chinen Tsuyoshi or later Chitose. His real name was Chinen but later he teke name Chitose.>

Post: bamboo:

I did some reading last night on mr. Chitose, interesting guy. Would you consider his style to be a “softer” and more fluid form in comparison to some of the traditionaly harder styles?

-bamboo>

Post: setsu nin to:

bamboo

I cant belive I writte all reply and somehow I deleted it before I post it. :x

Chito-ryu Karate is generaly hard style. Its hard style becose karate is hard martial art. But how realy Chito-ryu is hard or soft in my opinion depende on practicioner. For example for Goju-ryu you cant really say that its hard or soft style. Uechi-ryu is more soft than hard style, but its in hard style group just becouse its Karate.
In my opinion practicioner is that one who make hard or soft style.>

Post: bamboo:

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In my opinion practicioner is that one who make hard or soft style

I totally agree. In my own class we can all be practicing the same technique but it can viewed as hard or soft depending on the person. I myself much prefer the “softer” style as lends better to taking balance. If they feel it happening, the will do their best to counter it, if it is subtle, its much easier.

-bamboo>

Post: setsu nin to:

Yes, in my opinion its harder to make art soft and if you learn soft way you will be able to adapt yourself to hard in fight, but if you do it just hard you wont be able to adapted yourself to soft in real situation.>

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