Masami Chinen

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Masami Chinen
Born 1898
Okinawa, Japan
Died 1976
Okinawa, Japan
Style Shōrin-ryū, Yamani Ryu or Yamane Ryu
Teacher(s) Sanda Chinen, Chinen PECHIN (Yamagusuku Andaya), Shichiyanaka Chinen[1]
Notable students Chokei Kishaba,[1] Seitoku Higa, Shūgorō Nakazato[2]

Masami Chinen (知念 正実, Chinen Masami?, 1898-1976) was an Okinawan martial arts master who formed Yamani ryu. He taught Bōjutsu privately at his home in the village of Tobaru, in Shuri, Okinawa.


Like many martial arts masters Chinen had been a policeman. During the Second World War he lived with the martial arts master Horoku Ishikawa in Tainan, Taiwan.[3] He also worked at the Shuri City Hall in Shuri, Okinawa.[4]

Yamani Ryu Bōjutsu[edit]

Chinen named the style after his father Sanda Chinen who was also a teacher of Bōjutsu and known as Yamani USUMEI and Yamane TANMEI.[1]


Although the style ceased to exist after his death some of his katas were preserved by Seitoku Higa of the Bugeikan and Shūgorō Nakazato of Shōrin-ryū.[1] Another student of Chinen's, Chogi Kishaba and his student Toshihiro Oshiro also privately practised Yamani Ryu katas. Oshiro teaches Bōjutsu today [5] and so does Chinen's grandnephew Teruo Chinen.[4]

See also[edit]

Okinawan martial arts


  1. ^ a b c d Okinawan Karate, Second Edition, by Mark Bishop, p. 120, ISBN 0-8048-3205-6
  2. ^ Okinawan Karate, Second Edition, by Mark Bishop, p. 101, ISBN 0-8048-3205-6
  3. ^ Okinawan Karate, Second Edition, by Mark Bishop, p. 121, ISBN 0-8048-3205-6
  4. ^ a b Interview with Teruo Chinen (Masami Chinen's grandnephew)
  5. ^ Okinawan Karate, Second Edition, by Mark Bishop, p. 122, ISBN 0-8048-3205-6

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