Shintora-Kai Canada, is
an Association of Okinawan rooted Karate , based from the Chito-Ryu Karate
system. Shintora, as it may be known, is a culmination of the teachings of
O'Sensei Chitose, Soke Chitose, Inomoto Sensei, Kugizaki Sensei, Kato Sensei,
Tsuruoka Sensei, Higashi Sensei and Sakamoto Sensei. All of these Sensei's
contributed to the development of Shintora-Kai. Some contributed in a small
way, while others were the major influence to the development. Shintora-Kai.
Although based on O'Sensei Chitose's Chito-Ryu style, is not affiliated, or
associated to Chito-Ryu, nor does it make any reference to Chito-Ryu, other
than it's origin of linage. Instead, it takes the years of teachings by these
great Chito-Ryu Sensei's and combines these roots into a Canadian format.
Many changes have taken place throughout the years, and
scientific knowledge that was not available years ago, has now become
available. These changes in the medical and scientific circles, coupled with
the changes in competition rules, have allowed us to form an Association that
addresses both of these issues. With the inoculation of the NCCP Program within
Karate, there has been a wealth of information that is changing the face of
Karate, thus was born Shintora-Kai. We would like to acknowledge, and thank
O'Sensei Chitose, Soke Chitose & Higashi Sensei, who were our most devoted
instructors for over 30 years, and gave us the knowledge and fortitude that we
have today. Without their guidance, we would be nothing.
Shintora-Kai Canada Lineage
started from 1726, with the first Master Chinen Oya Unjo, who became the
military attaché of the martial arts. The second master was Matsumura
Oya Unjo,  known as the Samurai Matsumura. The third great master was
Awane Oyakata. The fourth master was Sotoyama Oya Unjo. The fifth
master was Aragaki Ou . The sixth Master was Tsuyoshi Chitose [Chinen].
The 7th. Master is Tsuyoshi Chitose [O'Sensei's Son Yasuhiro]. Senior students
of O'Sensei were Tsuruoka Sensei, who was the leader of Chito-Ryu in Canada
initially, and his Senior Student Higashi Sensei. In 1979, Chito-Ryu had a
split between Tsuruoka Sensei & Higashi Sensei. We followed under the
leadership of Higashi Sensei from 1979 to 2004. In 2004, due to internal
disagreements, Shintora-kai Canada has been formed to carry on the teachings of
the knowledge taught by these great instructors.
compliment the teachings of the Chitose family and Higashi Sensei,
Shintora-kais Canadian members have had several training sessions with other
senior Chito-Ryu masters, past and present. These include Kugizaki & Kato
Sensei's of Chito-Ryu, Inomoto Sensei, formally O'Sensei's senior student now
of Rengo-Kai fame, Sakamoto Sensei,formally of Chito-Ryu Sohombu, now of Ryusei
fame and Tsuruoka Sensei of Tsuruoka-Ryu. We are very proud to have all of
these people as part of our roots.