|Born||知念 正美 (Chinen Masami)|
|Style||Shōrin-ryū, Yamani Ryu or Yamane Ryu|
|Teacher(s)||Sanra Chinen, Chinen- PECHIN (Yamagusuku Andaya), Shichiyanaka Chinen|
|Notable students||Chokei Kishaba, Seitoku Higa, Shūgorō Nakazato|
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. He also worked at the Shuri City Hall in Shuri, Okinawa.
Yamani Ryu Bōjutsu
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. Another student of Chinen's, Chōgi Kishaba and his student Toshihiro Ōshiro also privately practised Yamani Ryu katas. Ōshiro teaches Bōjutsu today, and so does Chinen's grandnephew Teruo Chinen.
- With family tree diagram of master and students, starting with Chinen Sanra. "Yamane-ryū, Yanmani-ryū" (in Japanese). Motoburyu. 2017-02-17. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
- Originally published on Okinawa Taimusu (ja) on November 21, 1961 and translated into English. "Article 4 (Part 2) Chinen Masami (63) – Sakugawa no kon. : Onko Chishin series: Kaneshima Shinsuke and Chinen Masami". Okinawa Traditional Karate Bureau. December 15, 2014. Archived from the original on February 17, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
- Bishop 1999, p. 120.
- Bishop 1999, p. 101.
- Bishop 1999, p. 121.
- Interview with Teruo Chinen on May 31, 1997 (Masami Chinen's grandnephew). Dong Tran. "Teruo Chinen : Bridging Past and Future". Retrieved May 21, 2018.
- In Okinawan dialect of Naha area, when referring to a man older than you, usumē/usumei was used for a commoner meaning uncle, grandpa or old man. Originally, an older person from a family with traditional Ryukyu Kingdom rank had been called tanmē/tanmei, which has been applied as a honorific meaning sir or grandpa mainly on Okinawa island. "Shuri/Naha Hogen gaisetsu" [Outline of dialect in Shuri/Naha area]. Okinawa Center of Language Study, University of the Ryukyus. Archived from the original on April 13, 2001. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
- Bishop 1999, p. 122.
- Bishop, Mark (1999). Okinawan Karate : Teachers, styles and secret techniques (2 ed.). London: A & C Black. ISBN 0-8048-3205-6. OCLC 770590420.
- Interview with Teruo Chinen (Masami Chinen's grandnephew) (as of May 21, 2018.)
- Chinen Masami and "Sakugawa no kon" (bojutsu) archived February 17, 2015.
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