Blackrod & Bolton Goju Ryu Karate

Chojun Miyagi (April 25, 1888—October 8, 1953) was a Ryukyuan martial artist who founded the Goju-ryu school of karate. He was born in Naha, Okinawa and was the adopted son of a wealthy businessman. Miyagi began his study in karate at the age of nine (or eleven). He first learned martial arts from Ryuko Aragaki, who then introduced him to Naha-te Master Kanryo Higashionna when Miyagi was 14. Under the tutelage of this Master, Miyagi underwent a very long and arduous period of training.
Chojun Miyagi

Born April 27, 1888
Flag of Japan Naha, Okinawa
Died October 8, 1953
Flag of Japan Okinawa
Martial art practiced Goju-ryu
Teacher(s) Kanryo Higashionna, Ryuko Aragaki
Rank Sōke, Founder of Goju-ryu
Notable students An'Ichi Miyagi, Gogen Yamaguchi, Seiko Higa, Seikichi Toguchi, So Nei Chu, Ei'ichi Miyazato, Meitoku Yagi

After the death of Master Kanryo Higashionna, Miyagi travelled to Fukien Province in China as his teacher had done before him. In China he studied the Shaolin and Pa Kua forms of Chinese boxing. From the blending of these systems, the hard linear/external form of Shaolin, the soft circular/internal form of Pa Kua, and his native Naha-Te, a new system emerged. However, it was not until 1929 that Chojun Miyagi named the system Goju-ryu, meaning hard-soft style.

After some years in China, Chōjun Miyagi returned to Naha where he opened a dojo (training hall). He taught for many years, and even though Miyagi's reputation as a karate man was enormous, and even Kano Jigoro, the founder of judo, came to Okinawa to learn specific karate takedowns, his greatest achievements lie in popularization and the organization of karate teaching methods. He introduced karate into Okinawa police work, high schools and other fields of society. He revised and further developed Kata Sanchin - the hard aspect of Goju, and created Kata Tensho - the soft aspect. These kata are considered to contain the essence of the Goju-ryu style. The highest kata, Suparimpei is said to contain the full syllabus of Goju-ryu kata. Shisochin was Miyagi's favorite kata at the end of his years. Tensho was influenced by the White Crane kata Ryokushu, which he learned from his long-time friend Gokenki. With a goal of unification of various karate styles which was in fashion at that time (see Funakoshi Gichin for his works in Japan), he also created more Shurite-like katas Gekisai Dai Ichi and Gekisai Dai Ni in 1940, taking techniques from higher forms (notably Suparenpei also upper block was uncommon for Goju-ryu at that time) and incorporating them into a shorter forms. It is said he created these kata to bridge the gap between Sanchin-kata and Saifa kata, which contains much more complex moves compared to Sanchin kata. However, Gekisai katas are learned before Sanchin-kata now.

Chōjun Miyagi was a man of extremely mild temperament and it is said that he was a very humble man. He lived according to the principles of martial arts, that of non-violence. Master Miyagi died in Okinawa on October 8, 1953 from second heart-attack (first took place on 1951).

Some of his more notable students were Seiko Higa (also a student of Kanryo Higaonna), Seikichi Toguchi (founder of the Shorei-Kan dojo), Miyazato Ei'ichi (founder of the Jundokan dojo), Meitoku Yagi (founder of the Meibukan dojo, he eventually accepted late master Miyagi's gi and obi from Miyagi's family), Tatsuo Shimabuku (founder of Isshin-ryū), and in Japan, Gogen Yamaguchi (founder of Goju-kai and who, after short training with Miyagi, spent later most of his time studying katas under Meitoku Yagi while being himself a representative of Goju-ryu in Japan).


Teruo Chinen was born June 8th 1941, in Kobe, Japan. At five years of age his family moved to shuri, Okinawa, and the following year to Naha. His father, who was in the Imperial Navy, died during the war. Sensei Chinen's grandfather was a Shorin Ryu Karate instructor and his father practiced weapons such as Bo,Si, and Nunchaku. When Sensei Chinen converted to Goju Ryu Karate as a youth, he was treated as a revolutionary by his Shorin Ryu family. He was greatly influenced at an early age by a Karate school next door to his home. The Dojo was that of Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju Ryu Karate-Do.

Sensei Chinen began training in 1954 under Eiichi Miyazato at the jundokan dojo. After 5 years of intensive training, Sensei Chinen left for Tokyo, Japan. In 1959 he joined with his close friend Morio Higaonna who had opened a Dojo in Tokyo. They trained together at the jundokan for five years. As an assistant to Senei Higoanna, Sensei Chinen enjoyed ten years of teaching Okinawan Gojo Ryu Karate in Tokyo. The two instructors ate and slept little, devoting all their time to hard training and the teaching of students. Sensei Higoanna and Sensei Chinen developed Randori during these years to improve fighting technique without the injuries that accompany full speed and power of kumite. Randori has become a major training technique that is unique to Gojo Ryu. Sensei Chinen credits Sensei Higoanna as the man who taught him technical Gojo Ryu. By the year 1969, the two instructor taught classes for approximately 10,000 students.

Teruo Chinen image

Shihan Teruo Chinen

In 1969 Mr. Chinen came to Spokane as a technical advisor to the Spokane school of karate with the responsibility for Okinawa Goju Ryu in the United States.

Sensei Chinen feels fortunate and proud to have been able to study with Sensei Ei'ichi Miyazato and to be able to train with Master Miyagi as a youth. He contends that Sensei Miyazato taught him about people and how Goju Ryu means gentleness in dealing with human relations. Sensei Higoanna taught him the importance of endless training. Never give up.

Between 1973 and 1979, he was busy traveling to Europe and South Africa, Laying the foundation for the IOGKF [International Okinawan GojuRyu Karate-Do Federation, chaired by Higaonna Morio Sensei, as a technical adviser. From 1979 to 1984 Sensei Chinen was technical advisor for the IOGKF.

In 1984 Sensei Chinen then formed Jundokan International in honor of his teacher, Sensei Ei'ichiMiyazato.

Jundokan dojos now operate throughout the United States, Africa, Canada and Europe.

Shihan Tony Christian 8th Dan

Chief Instructor B.K.A 

Sensei Christian is the highest Ranking Gojo Ryu practitioner in the UK.

Amanda Winstanley is the highest ranking and one of the longest serving students of  Karate Ka under Sensei Christian.

Tony Christian was born in 1947 in Liverpool. He started Martial Arts Training in 1965 and over the years has been involved with many aspects of the Martial Arts, being one of the first Professional Instructors.

He has studied the style of Goju Ryu from 1970 and has brought to the North West of England Sensei T Chinen, one of the worlds great masters of Karate.

Tony's knowledge of Martial Arts reaches beyond Empty Hand Systems into the world of ancient and modern weapons.

At present he is ranked 8th Dan with British Karate association.

Tony's aim is to simplify the Martial Art and make it easily understood, but to hold to the classical values of Character, Health and Self Defence.

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