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.

Life[edit]

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]

Legacy[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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