Teruo Chinen Sensei, (1941-2015)
Chairman and Founder of the Jundokan International
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our teacher. We thank all of you that sent and expressed your condolences.
We will continue training and passing down the lessons that have been taught by our teacher.
Teruo Chinen was born June 8th 1941, in Kobe, Japan. At five years of age his family moved to Shuri, Okinawa, and the following year to Naha. His father, who was in the Imperial Navy, died during the war. Sensei Chinen's grandfather was a Shorin Ryu Karate instructor and his father practiced weapons such as Bo, Si and Nunchaku. When Sensei Chinen converted to Goju Ryu Karate as a youth, he was treated as a revolutionary by his Shorin Ryu family. He was greatly influenced at an early age by a Karate school three house's away from his home. The Dojo was that of Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju Ryu Karate-Do. Sensei Chinen began his training in Goju Ryu karate in 1951 directly under the tutelage of Chojun Miyagi Sensei. In 1953, upon the death of Chojun Miyagi, Sensei Chinen continued his training under Ei'ichi Miyazato at the Jundokan dojo.
After Miyagi Sensei died, Teruo Chinen and other students help Miyazato Sensei (the successor of Miyagi Sensei) move the training equipment from the garden dojo of Miyagi Sensei to the Jundokan dojo. After 5 years of intensive training, Sensei Chinen left for Tokyo, Japan. In 1959 he joined with his close friend Morio Higaonna who had opened a Dojo in Tokyo. They trained together at the Jundokan for five years. As an assistant to Senei Higoanna, Sensei Chinen enjoyed ten years of teaching Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate in Tokyo. The two instructors ate and slept little, devoting all their time to hard training and the teaching of students. Sensei Higaonna and Sensei Chinen developed Randori during these years to improve fighting technique without the injuries that accompany full speed and power of kumite. Randori has become a major training technique that is unique to Goju Ryu. In 1969 Sensei Chinen moved to the United States and began teaching Okinawan Goju Ryu in Spokane, Washington. Between 1973 and 1979, he was busy traveling to Europe and South Africa, laying the foundation for the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF), as a technical adviser. Sensei Chinen was technical advisor for the IOGKF from 1979-1984. Sensei Chinen formed the Jundokan International in 1984.
The Jundokan International was formally established in 1987, The visual image as seen on the modern day Jundokan International patch was adapted by a student, who renered it into a line drawing. This emblem is now copyrighted as the offical logo of the Jundokan International. By wearing this emblem we continue to celebrate and honour the wonderful history of Busaganashi.
Teruo Chinen Sensei taught lessons up to his last breath, constantly striving to impart his knowledge to his students.
Sensei Chinen passed away September 9th, 2015 at the age of 74
Moria Higaonna Sensei and Teruo Chinen Sensei Iceburg theory on Kata/Bunkai - Teruo Chinen Sensei
Chinen Sensei named his organization Jundokan International in honour and devotion of his teacher, Ei'ichi Miyazato Sensei.