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Chojun Miyagi Shihan Biography

Chojun Miyagi, born April 25th 1888, in Okinawa. After the death of his uncle, at the age of five, he became the heir to the Miyagi family. His training in Karate began at the age of eleven under Ryuko Aragaki Sensei who practiced and taught Tomari-Te.

When he was fourteen his teacher introduced him to Higaonna Kanryo Sensei. Sensei Aragaki's grandson trained with Chojun Sensei. Chojun Sensei trained from 1902 with Kanryo Sensei until 1915 the year of Kanryo's death.

During this time he was one of the few people who could withstand the severe training given by Kanryo Sensei. After the death of his teacher Chojun Sensei continued with his own development, this meant trips to China and research in physiology.

Chojun Sensei was instrumental in registering Karate at the Butokukai in Japan. He developed the Junbi-undo we practice today, and introduced the basic kata Gekisai Dai Ichi and Dai Ni. He also developed Tensho and a revised Sanchin.

He gave Goju-Ryu its name. This was taken from one of the eight precepts of martial arts in the Bubishi. Chojun Sensei traveled extensively, spreading Goju-Ryu to mainland Japan and Hawaii. Back in Okinawa many of Chojun Sensei's students were in the police force.

His top student before the war was Shinzato Jin'an, he was to have succeeded Chojun Sensei but unfortunately he lost his life in the second world war. After the war Chojun Sensei began teaching again in his garden dojo. This was a time of severe hardship in Okinawa and many students could no longer train.

Realising that he had so much Knowledge to pass on Chojun Sensei began teaching a young man called Anichi Miyagi (no relation). They trained on a one to one basis similar to the method he was trained by Kanryo Sensei. Sadly Chojun Miyagi Bushi passed away on October 8th 1953.