Chojun Miyagi ( April 25, 1888 – October 8, 1953)
At 14 years old, studied Naha-te under Ryulo Aragaki and Kanryo Higaonna.
1930; founder of the Okinawan Goju-ryu system, blending Okinawan and Chinese influences.
1910-1912; served in the Japanese military in Miyakono, Miyazaki.
1915; traveled to Fuijan Province, China to visit the grave of Ryu Ryu Ko who was Higaonna’s teacher and eventually make a second trip to Foochow where he studied several Chinese martial arts.
1930; incorporated the Chinese arts with Naha-te and formed the system he called Goju-ryu meaning “hard soft style”. This name comes from a line found in Bubishi’s Hakku Kempo, “Ho wa Goju wo tundo su” when translated means, ” the way of breathing is hard and soft”. Sanchin and Tensho katas would embody the hard and soft aspects of his newly named style.
1940; created the Geki-sai Dai Ichi and Geki dai Ni kata said to bridge the gap between Sanchin and Saifa katas.