Motobu Chōyū

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Motobu Chōyū
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Born 1857
Akahira Village, Shuri,  Ryūkyū Kingdom
Died 1928 (aged 70–71)
Shuri, Okinawa, Japan
Style Shuri-te, Motobu-ryū
Teacher(s) Choshin Motobu, Matsumura Sōkon
Notable students Seikichi Uehara, Tsuyoshi Chitose
Website Motobu-ryu
In this Japanese name, the family name is "Motobu".

Motobu Chōyū (本部朝勇?, 1857-1928) was an Okinawan karate master and elder brother of karateka Motobu Chōki.

Motobu Chōyū was born in Akahira village in Shuri, Okinawa. His father, Anji (Lord) Motobu Chōshin was a descendent of Prince Shō Kōshin (1655-1687), the sixth son of Okinawan King Shō Shitsu (1629-1668). [1]

Chōyū first learned the art of Udun-ti, also known as Goten-te, (the precursor to modern karate), which was passed down within the Shō royal family from father to eldest son. [1] He then studied Shuri-te karate and koryū ("old school") Japanese martial arts under the legendary karateka Matsumura Sōkon. [2] In his final years, he was the head martial arts instructor to the last king of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, Shō Tai (r. 1848-1879), succeeding Matsumura in that position. [1]

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Pechin/Peichin

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