following explanation comes from Soke Sensei's Kyohon
The centre circle represents
The outer circle represents the
The five lines on the
left and right are hands.
The crest as a whole means:
Chito-Ryu Karate-Do the people of the world are making a pledge of peace
to come together hand in hand.
O Sensei was
told by Arigaki Sensei that Karate-do originated approximately one
thousand years ago in China. Based on this, O Sensei named his style 'Chito-Ryu',
according to the origins of Karate-do.
||refers to China’s Tang dynasty
(618-907), which is from where To-de (later became known as
Karate-do) is commonly thought to have sprung.
the Japanese word for style.