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Kempo Karate-do by Tsuyoshi Chitose
Kempo Karate-Do

Universal Art of Self-Defense

by Tsuyoshi Chitose

ISBN 978-1-926747-06-4
138 PAGES, 6" x 9" SOFT COVER
US$26.95 + SHIPPING


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Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose, Hanshi 10th dan, first released the book Kempo Karate-do in Japan in 1957. For over 40 years now, the book has sat quietly . . . waiting for someone to take the time to complete an English translation. Now, for the first time ever, this task has been completed and the English language translation of Kempo Karate-do is finally available.

When this book was originally released in Japan, Chitose Sensei was among the key individuals working towards the spread of Karate-do. Kempo Karate-do was written to help facilitate this process. Now, with this new English translation, Karate students of all styles can learn from Dr. Chitose's thoughts concerning the role, importance, and techniques of Karate-do during this pivotal time of its popularization.


With the release of Kempo Karate-do, we finally have access to the words of Chitose Tsuyoshi, Hanshi and Judan, founder of Chito Ryu Karate-do. With O-Sensei now gone his writings may be the only way many will gain insight into what Chito Ryu is. He was a major contributor to post-war karate and its growth in the modern era, having taught many who in turn took his Chito Ryu to an international level. My hope is that through his written work you too may gain an insight into this senior karate leader's love for his art.

Michael Colling



The translator, Christopher Johnston, has made every effort ‘not’ to interpret or update the words of Dr. Chitose in any way. He has presented Chitose Sensei’s writing directly and has produced a translation that is remarkable for its ease of readability.

Kempo Karate-do includes:

  • Detailed genealogy charts
  • Henshu Ho
  • Goshin Ho
  • Tanto Dori
  • Details of basic techniques
  • Physiological discussion
  • Karate-do teaching methodology
  • Extensive English-Japanese list of names

This historic book also includes Forewords by Masami Tsuruoka, Hanshi, William J. Dometrich, Hanshi, and Michael Colling Sensei. Tsuruoka Hanshi and Dometrich Hanshi are the two most senior direct students of Dr. Chitose in North America, and Colling Sensei is recognized as the leading Western historian on the life of Tsuyoshi Chitose.


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