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Miyazato Ei'ichi
Eiichi Miyazato
Born(1922-07-05)July 5, 1922
Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
DiedDecember 11, 1999(1999-12-11) (aged 77)
Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
StyleGoju-ryu Karate, Judo
Teacher(s)Ch?jun Miyagi
Rank10th dan karate, 8th dan judo
Notable studentsKiichi Nakamoto, Teruo Chinen, Morio Higaonna, Chuck Merriman, An'ichi Miyagi, Masaji Taira

Eiichi Miyazato ( , Miyazato Eiichi, July 5, 1922 - December 11, 1999) was a leading Okinawan master of Goju-ryu karate.[1] He was a senior post-war student of Ch?jun Miyagi,[2] founder of the Goju-ryu style. Miyazato held the rank of 10th dan in karate and 7th dan in judo; on his death, he was honoured with the degree of 8th dan in judo.[3]

Early life

Miyazato was born on July 5, 1922, in I-Chome, 13 Banchi, Higashi-machi, Naha, Okinawa, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.[3][4] Some sources indicate that Miyazato began training under Miyagi at the age of 13,[4][5] while others state that Miyazato first trained under his own father and only began training under Miyagi at the age of 15.[6] Miyazato's father had been a student of Kanryo Higaonna, who had been Miyagi's teacher, so Miyagi accepted the young Miyazato as his student.[5] Except for an interrupted period due to World War II, Miyazato learned from Miyagi continuously until the death of the latter in 1953.[5] Apart from his karate training, he also studied judo under Shoko Itokazu.[3]

Judo career

Miyazato who also after the war was heavily occupied with judo became a judo champion around 1950 or 1951 and even left for Japan in April 1953, to attend the Japan Kodokan seminar. Miyazato became an accomplished judo master in local police judo club and president of the Okinawan Judo Federation.

Karate career

Miyazato joined the Ryukyu Police Department on Miyagi's recommendation in 1946.[3] He served as physical education instructor at the police academy,[7] and assisted Miyagi (then an instructor at the academy), teaching karate and judo there.[3] Upon Miyagi's death in 1953, Miyazato inherited his teacher's training equipment, and the family also passed on Miyagi's gi (uniform) and obi (belt) to him.[3] Miyazato took up the position of teaching at the 'Garden dojo,' which had been Miyagi's dojo.[3]

In 1957, Miyazato opened his own dojo, the Jundokan, in Asato, Naha.[3][4] The building had three levels, with Miyazato's dwelling located on the top level.[3] In 1972, he retired from the police force and devoted the rest of his life to teaching karate.[3] Through the early 1970s, he served as Vice-President of the Okinawan Judo Federation and President of the Okinawa Prefecture Karate-do Federation.[7]

On March 20, 1988, the Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate-do Kyokai awarded him the rank of 10th dan in karate.[3] Apart from his karate rank, Miyazato held the rank of 7th dan in judo from the Kodokan, and was President of the Okinawa Judo Federation.[5]

Later life

Miyazato received several awards for his contribution to the martial arts. In 1984, Miyazato received an official commendation from the Kodokan.[3] In 1994, he was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service from the Nihon Budo Kyogikai and received an official commendation from the Okinawa Judo Federation.[3] In 1998, he received an official commendation from the Japanese Ministry of Education.[3]

Following a period of poor health, Miyazato died on December 11, 1999,[a] in Naha Hospital.[3] On his death, the Kodokan awarded him the rank of 8th dan in judo.[3] Miyazato's students included Riyosei Arakai, Shinzo Chinen, Teruo Chinen, Yoshio Hichiya, Morio Higaonna, Kiichi Nakamoto, Anyu Shinjo, Shinichi Iribe, Masanari Kikukawa, Seikichi Kinjo, Mike Mancuso, Tetsu Gima, Tsuneo Kinjo, Atsumi Iida, Kenei Shimabukuro, Hiroshi Ganaha, Kazuya Higa, Hisao Sunagawa, Nanko Minei, Keikichi Nakasone, Kenei Shiabuku, Masaji Taira, Koei Teruya, Tetsunosuke Yasuda, Ryoichi Onaga, Jaime Sequeira Pereira (Shibucho to Portugal), Richard Barrett, Mike Clarke [7] Miyazato's dojo is now run by his son, Yoshihiro Miyazato.[8]

Notes

a. ^ Sources differ on the precise date of Miyazato's death. Most state that it was December 11,[3][8][9][10][11][12] but others state that it was December 10[4][13][14] or December 13.[15][16][17]

References

  1. ^ Higaonna, M. (1985): Traditional Karate-do: Vol. 1 - Okinawa Goju-ryu, fundamental techniques (p. 32). Tokyo: Minato Research. (ISBN 0-87040-595-0)
  2. ^ Toguchi, S., Tamano, T., & Lenzi, S. (2001): Okinawan Goju-ryu II: Advanced techniques of Shorei-kan Karate (p. 14). Burbank, CA: Ohara Publications. (ISBN 0-89750-140-3)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate Do Kyokai: Ei'ichi Miyazato Hanshi (c. 2000). Retrieved on February 24, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d Jundokan South Africa: Miyazato Ei'ichi Hanshi Archived 2011-10-03 at the Wayback Machine (c. 2000). Retrieved on February 24, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d Uchinadi-Kan: Ei'ichi Miyazato (c. 2000). Retrieved on February 24, 2010.
  6. ^ Jones, C. Michial (2011). Entering Through the Gateway of Gojuryu (1st ed.). Yushikai Press. ISBN 978-1257979387.
  7. ^ a b c Hokama, T. (2005): 100 masters of Okinawan Karate (p. 82). Okinawa: Ozata Print.
  8. ^ a b Dwyer, M. (c. 2008): History of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Archived 2010-02-10 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on February 25, 2010; link has expired, as at October 31, 2010.[unreliable source?]
  9. ^ Sekai Seito Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai: The masters (c. 2009). Retrieved on February 25, 2010.
  10. ^ Shuri-Shorei Karate: Visiting Okinawa, the Heart of Karate (c. 2000). Retrieved on February 25, 2010.
  11. ^ East Wind Budo: Founders (c. 2005). Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  12. ^ Shorei-kan Kuro-obi Kai: History Archived 2012-01-13 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  13. ^ Rideau Osgoode Karate Club: Jundokan Goju-Ryu Archived 2010-02-27 at the Wayback Machine (c. 2005). Retrieved on February 25, 2010.
  14. ^ Seibukan Traditional Martial Arts: Goju Ryu Karate Archived 2009-12-12 at the Wayback Machine (c. 2005). Retrieved on February 25, 2010.
  15. ^ Jundokan New Zealand: Grand Master Miyazato Eiichi 1922-1999 Archived 2010-06-02 at the Wayback Machine (c. 2009). Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  16. ^ Naha-Te, Shorei-Ryu, and Goju-Ryu Retrieved on November 30, 2017.
  17. ^ Rich Moser: Judo training in Okinawa Retrieved on November 30, 2017.

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