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About Chito-ryu

About Koseido-ryu Jiu-Jitsu

Chito-ryu Karate-Do was developed by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose (1898-1984), who was born in Naha, Okinawa. He began his study of Karate-do (way of karate) at the age of seven. During his early years, he studied with a host of noted masters of both the Shorin and Shorei Karate styles. Later in his martial arts career, he combined the powerful techniques of Shorei-ryu with the flexibility and speed of Shorin-ryu to formulate his own style which he called Chito-ryu. The name Chito-ryu translates into “the thousand year Chinese style". The name implies that the fighting techniques of this style can be traced back one thousand years to its roots in China. His philosophy of karate was that it is primarily an art of self-defense and also a way (Do) to character development. During karate's emergence in Japan, Dr. Chitose was recognized as the Japanese empire's most skilled kata (forms) master.

Chito-Ryu was first taught in the Pittsburgh area since 1972 by Hanshi Joseph Hedderman, 10th-degree black belt in Koseido-ryu Jiu-Jitsu, 9th-degree black belt in Chito-Ryu Karate—and teacher of Kyoshi Terry Valentino.

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perseverance and hard work, we shall not fail to achieve our goals."

Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose