1860年代後期、東恩納寛量先生が沖縄から中国福建省福州へ渡り、南派少林拳リュウリュウコウ老師の内弟子となり、14年間にわたって中国武術を修行したのが始まりです。

東恩納寛量先生が中国から沖縄へ伝えた武術は、後に「那覇手」と呼ばれ、高弟の宮城長順先生に伝承されて、更に科学的、かつ普遍的合理性が加えられ体系化されました。

宮城長順先生は、1930年(昭和5年)中国福建少林拳白鶴門の伝書「武備志」所載の拳法八句にある「法剛柔呑吐」を引用して、自らの武術を「剛柔流」と命名されました

剛柔流の真髄は、宮城長順先生から高弟の新里仁安先生(第二次世界大戦で戦死)に、戦後は関門弟子(最後の正式な弟子)の宮城安一先生(剛柔流武術館 宗家)に受け継がれ、現在は加藤友幸総師範(剛柔流武術館 館長)に伝授、継承されております。

Origins of Goju-ryu

In the late 1860s, Kanryo Higaonna Sensei travelled to Fuzhou in Fujian China, where he became the uchi-deshi (private disciple) of Southern Shaolin master Ryu Ryu Ko. The 14 years he spent training there in Chinese bujutsu became the starting point of Goju-ryu.

The bujutsu Higaonna Kanryo Sensei brought back to Okinawa from China was later called “Naha-te” and passed down to his top disciple Chojun Miyagi Sensei, who subsequently systematized the art in a scientific and universally rational manner.

In 1930, Chojun Miyagi Sensei named his art “Goju-ryu”, inspired by a line of a poem: “Ho wa Goju wa Donto” (“The way of inhaling and exhaling is hardness and softness”) found in the Bubishi, a martial arts tome from the Fujian Shaolin White Crane style.

The true essence of Goju-ryu was passed from Chojun Miyagi Sensei to Jinan Shinzato Sensei, his top disciple who was killed in the Second World War, and after the war to his Kanmon Deshi (last official disciple) Anichi Miyagi, Goju-ryu Bujutsukan Soke. It has since been passed down to and carried on by Tomoyuki Kato, Goju-ryu Bujutsukan Kancho and So-Shihan