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The Crest

The following explanation comes from Soke Sensei's Kyohon

  • The centre circle represents the sun

  • The outer circle represents the universe

  • The five lines on the left and right are hands

  • The crest as a whole means: by studying Chito-Ryu Karate-Do the people of the world are making a pledge of peace to come together hand in hand. 

Chito Ryu CREST

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.

CHI means 'one thousand'.
TO 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.
RYU is the Japanese word for style.
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