Thoughts on International Education
Some musings on Japanese and Ryukyu Budo
OK nothing like a fine morning to get the ki flowing. I have been asked below if the photo above is Chitose Tsuyoshi (or Chinnen Gwa). The confusion comes from the fact that in the 1975 publication by the Japanese Chito Ryu SoKai they claimed it is indeed Chitose.
However, it is most definitely not him. The recent Okinawa Karate Kaikan which exhibited this photo correctly identifies the person as Maeshiro Choryo (1883-1944) from the Nishihara Elementary school.
We have photos of Chitose with Nakasone (man to the far right, standing), Kyan (man sitting down, far left) as well as Miyagi. These photos show that Chitose was around the same height as Nakasone which clearly, the person in the photo is not.
We also have the official records form the 1936 and 1937 meeting of the masters and Chitose is not directly involved. However, he was training with Kyan quite regularly during this period.
Laslty if you compare photos of Chitose and the man in this photo you can see the man in the photo is FAR too old to be Chitose-sensei. There is a host of other information on this, but alas I won't get into it here. I will be publishing a small pamphlet on the early years of Chitose in 2020 and will let you know when it is complete. Of have a great day! James
James M. Hatch
International Educator who happens to be passionate about Chito Ryu Karate. Born in Ireland, educated in Canada, matured in Japan