A brief history of Goju-ryu as published on www.Jundokan.jp
Okinawan Gojuryu was founded by Chojun Miyagi Sensei. Chojun Sensei was born in the Higashi Machi district of Naha City on April 4, 1888. At the age of 14, he began to train directly under the supervision of Naha Te founder Kanryo Higaonna Sensei. At that time Kanryo Sensei had already traveled to Fuzhou and studied Chinese Kenpo and was teaching the young men of Naha.
When he was 20 years old (1908), Chojun Sensei joined the 6th infantry division. He served for 2 years leaving the military in 1910. Around 1914 he took an ailing Kanryo Sensei into his house until his death the following year. In the same year Chojun Sensei traveled to Fuzhou, China where he observed the world of Chinese Kenpo.
In 1918 Chojun Sensei began instructing at the schools beginning with the Naha Jinjou Higher Elementary School and expanded his Karate teaching role to include the Teacher's College, Naha Commercial High School, and the Police Training Academy. In 1927, he held a Karate Seminar at the University of Kyoto and followed this up with seminars to spread Karate at Kansai University, Ritsumeikan University, and Hawaii. When one of his top students, Jinan Shinzato Sensei took part in the All Japan Budo Commemorative Demonstration, he was asked what style he practised. Based on the hard and soft breathing in the style he named the style Gojuryu. With that the first karate style in Japan was born.
Following the death of Chojun Sensei in 1953, many students have continued to spread and develop Gojuryu throughout Japan and the rest of the world.
In a meeting of the Okinawa Gojuryu General Committee in 1954, Chojun Miyagi Sensei’s wishes were fulfilled when Eiichi Miyazato Sensei was chosen as his successor.
(This article was reprinted from The Jundokan’s web site at www.jundokan.jp)