The art we practice has been taught and modified thought it's history by practitioner in: India; China; Okinawa; Japan; and now North America. A chronology of our systems' Lineage is:
A chronology of the Karate art's path through history is:
INDIA Circa 500 BC:
Kalari Payat practiced by monks
CHINA Circa 420 AD:
Indian monk, Bodhidarma brings Kalari Payat to Hunan Province, China and trains monks at Shaolin temple in Zen and martial arts.
Trade between China and Okinawa includes exchanging colonies of Chinese and Okinawa families to live in each other's countries. Martial arts secrets are shared between inhabitants.
Japanese invasion of Okinawa by Satsuma Clan results in the banning of weapons and flourishment of Okinawa-Te (forerunner to Yoshukai karate)
Gichen Funakoshi demonstrates karate in Japan at the Butokuden and returns in 1922 to live and teach.
Tsuyoshi Chitose, student of Masters: Aragaki-Ou; Kanryo Higanno; and Chotoku Kyan moves to Tokyo as a medical student and teaches at Gichen Funakoshi's Yotsuya dojo.
Tsuyoshi Chitose, moves to Kumamoto and in 1948 becomes Kyushu director for All Japan Ken-po Karate-do Fukyu-kai. Other directors include Gichen Funakoshi (Shotokan) and Kenwa Mabuni (Shito Ryu)
Tsuyoshi Chitose names his group the All Japan Chito Kai and the style as Chito Ryu Karate-do
Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose (1898 - 1984) Founder of Chito Ryu Karate
Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose, also known as as Chinen Gua in Okinawa, was the founder of Chito Ryu Karate. Born in Kumochi, Naha City, Okinawa-ken (prefecture), on October 18th, 1898 Dr. Chitose created Chito Ryu after spending years studying both Shorin-Ryu and Shorei-Ryu. He became the Supreme Instructor, 10th dan, of Chito-Kai of the All Japan Karate Doh Federation.