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First Generation Chito-Ryu Soke Tsuyoshi Chitose photo
First Generation Chito-Ryu Soke Tsuyoshi Chitose
 
The 31st year of the Meiji Era (Oct.18 1898)
Born in Kumochi,Naha City,Okinawa
The 38th year of the Meiji Era (1920)
From a young age he studied under the respected teacher Aragaki O. During his studies he was initiated into the secrets of the kata Sanchin, Koryu (ancient) kata, Bojutsu, etc. In May 1918 Aragaki O passed away (aged 82).
From Chinen Sanryo O of Shuri, he was initiated into Bojutsu at the same time as Shihan Chojo Oshiro and Gichin Funakoshi (O Sensei's Elementary School teacher)
From Kinjo O of Shuri, he was initiated into Torite taiho at the same time as Choshin Chibana Sensei, an authority on Okinawan Karate-Do.
From Kanryo Higaonna O of Naha, he mastered the katas Saifa, Seipai, Kururunfa and Tensho at the same time as Chojun Miyagi (who was a close friend of O Sensei).
Choyu Motobu Sensei of Shuri initiated him into the katas Unsu and Wansu.
From Chotoku Kyan Sensei of Kadena, Nakagamigun he mastered the katas Chinto and Kusanku. Along with Ankichi Aragaki he also mastered the katas Passai, Ananko.
From Chomu Hanagusuku Sensei of Sogenji he was initiated into the kata Jion.
From Kojo O of Kume Village, Naha and Maezato O he mastered Sai, Nunchaku, Tonfa and the kata Tsuken suna kake.
The 11th year of the Taisho Era
In 1921 he went to Tokyo and diligently studied as a medical student. After graduating he was very busy working as a doctor, however he assisted Gichin Funakoshi in the opening of the Shoto Kai Yotsuya dojo in Tokyo. He also taught Giei Funakoshi (Gichin Funakoshi's first son), Hiroki Otsuka, Yasuhiro Konishi, Masotoshi Nakayama, etc. (the latter three going on to become the top Shihan in their respective styles).
After World War II
March of the 21st year of the Showa Era (1946)
Established Yoseikan dojo in Waifu-Machi, Kikuchi, Kumamoto-Ken (presently known as Kikuchi City). At that time in Kabukiza, Kumamoto City, he also took part in a relief charity demonstration for Okinawa, in which Okinawan Kobudo was demonstrated (Kyoda Sensei and other Okinawan Karateka joined this demonstration).
The 23rd year of the Showa Era (1948)
Inaugurated as the All Japan and Kyushu Honbucho (Tokyo Sohonbucho Gichin Funakoshi Sensei & Kansai Honbucho Mabuni Sensei)
The 26th year of the Showa Era (1951)
Became the U.S. Army karate teacher and promoted Chito-Ryu after the war.
The 37th, 42nd and 49th years of the Showa Era (1962, 1967 & 1974)
Observed each of the Hawaiian, the Canadian and the American Branches.
Was invited as the Japanese representative to the 1967 Expo in Montreal Canada.
The 43rd year of the Showa Era (1968)
Attained the title of Hanshi from the All Okinawa Union of Karate-Do and Kobu-Do. He also performed wonderful feats with many kinds of demonstrations.
The 57th year of the Showa Era (1982)
Subsequently,in association with Sensei Chojyun Miyagi(the founder of Goju Ryu), Sensei Shigeru Nakayama(Naha-Te),Sensei Sasaburo Takao(Kendo),Sensei Hakudo Nakayama(Iaido),Sensei Jigoro Kano (the founder of Kodokan Judo),and Sensei Kyuzo Mifune(Judo),and other martial arts teachers, he worked to further the acceptance of this Okinawa based martial art in the family of Japanese martial arts.
June 6th of the 59th year of the Showa Era (June 6th 1984)
1984 June 6th-O Sensei passed away in Kumamoto at the age of86.
He later became known as Ryusei(Spirit of the Dragon).
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