Toon-ryu

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Toon-ryu (???, Tou’on-ryu?) is a style of Okinawan Karate founded by Juhatsu Kyoda.

Juhatsu Kyoda (?? ??, Kyoda Juhatsu?, December 5, 1887–August 31, 1968) entered the dojo of Higaonna Kanryo in 1902 and continued studying with him until Kanryo’s death in 1915.

One month after Kyoda started, Miyagi Chojun (co-founder of Goju-ryu) entered the dojo. In 1908, Kenwa Mabuni (founder of Shito-ryu) also joined the dojo of Higaonna Kanryo.

In 1934 Kyoda received his Kyoshi license from the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.[1]

Kyoda knew two versions of Seisan: one from Higaonna Kanryo and one from Higaonna Kanryu. He learned Jion from Kentsu Yabu. By far Higaonna Kanryo had the most profound impact on him as Kyoda devoted well over a decade of his life to learning Kanryo’s karate. He ultimately named his style after him: To-on-ryu (literally ‘Higaon[na] style’).

Kyoda’s tradition was carried on by Iraha Choko, Kanzaki Shigekazu and Murakami Katsumi. The current soke of Toon-ryu today is Kanzaki Shigekazu.