Okinawa Gojuryu was founded
by Chojun Miyagi Sensei. Chojun Sensei was born
in the Higashi Machi district of Naha City on
April 4, 1888. At the age of 14, he began to train
directly under the supervision of Naha Te founder
Kanryo Higaonna Sensei. At that time Kanryo Sensei
had already travelled to Fuzhou and studied Chinese
Kenpo and was teaching the young men of Naha.
When he was 20 years old (1908),
Chojun Sensei joined the 6th infantry division.
He served for 2 years leaving the military in
1910. Around 1914 he took an ailing Kanryo Sensei
into his house until his death the following
year. In the same year Chojun Sensei travelled
to Fuzhou, China where he observed the world
of Chinese Kenpo.
In 1918 Chojun Sensei began
instructing at the schools beginning with the
Naha Jinjou Higher Elementary School and expanded
his Karate teaching role to include the Teacher's
College, Naha Commercial HIgh School, and the
Police Training Academy. In 1927, he held a Karate
Seminar at the University of Kyoto and followed
this up with seminars to spread Karate at Kansai
University, Ritsumeikan University, and Hawaii.
When one of his top students,
Jinan Shinzato Sensei took part in the All Japan
Budo Commemorative Demonstration, he was asked
what style he practised. Based on the hard and
soft breathing in the style he named the style
Gojuryu. With that the first karate style in Japan
Following the death of Chojun
Sensei in 1953, many students have continued to
spread and develop Gojuryu throughout Japan and
the rest of the world.
In a meeting of the Okinawa Gojuryu
General Committee in 1954, Chojun Miyagi Senseis
wishes were fulfilled when Eiichi Miyazato Sensei was chosen as his successor.