Ei'ichi Miyazato Hanshi 宮里栄一
(July 5th, 1922 - December 11th, 1999)

Ei'ichi Miyazato was born on July 5th, 1922 in I-Chome, 13 Banchi. Higashi-machi, Naha-shi Okinawa, Okinawa and passed away in December 10th, 1999 due to ill health. Miyazato Ei'ichi Hanshi began his Karatedo training at age 13 with his father training with Makiwara and Chishi (Hojo Undo-stone lever weights) and became a student of Chojun Miyagi after introduction by his father in early 1938 at the age of 15. As a beginning student in the Dojo he practiced Kigu hojo undo (supplementary exercises) and kakie (sticking hands) diligently and developed tremendous strength. During this same time frame he also began studying Judo. Famous for his Ashi Barai (foot sweep), he eventually became All Okinawa Judo Champion.

          Except for a short time during WWII,  Miyazato Eiichi remained with Chojun Miyagi until his death in 1953. Miyazato often assisted Chojun Miyagi teaching at the Garden Dojo and under his guidance Miyazato Eiichi also taught at local high schools. He succeeded Sensei Miyagi as instructor at the Ryukyu Police Academy where he also taught Judo. Following Miyagi's death in 1953, Miyazato inherited all of Miyagi's Hojo Undo [training devices, The Miyagi family also gave Meitoku Yagi Chojun Miyagi Sensei's Gi and Obi - However, this Gi was purchased for Miyagi Sensei by Ei'Ichi Miyazato when Miyazato went to Japan to compete in Judo. Today, it hangs in his Meibu-Kan Dojo] and at the request of his fellow students and Miyagi's family, he continued teaching at the Garden Dojo (Miyagi's Dojo). He also assumed the responsibility of preserving the Katas, principles and the future of his teacher's Karatedo system, Gojuryu. Miyazato Hanshi opened his own Dojo in 1954 also built the Jundo-Kan  (House for the Following in the Footsteps of the Father) in the Asato district of Naha in 1957 a 3 story structure which comprised of both the Jundo-Kan dojo and his home on the top floor. He is noted for carrying on the traditional way he had learned from Miyagi Sensei.

          In addition to Gojuryu, Miyazato Ei'Ichi Hanshi also studied Judo (7th Dan) with Itokazu Shoko Sensei and hence forth was the All Okinawa Judo Championship and the Championship of the All Japan Police Judo. Before his death, Miyazato Ei'Ichi Hanshi  was Chairman of the All-Okinawa Karatedo Federation, the Okinawa Gojuryu Karatedo Association and The World Jundo-Kan Association.

         An'Ichi Miyagi, Higaonna Morio, and Teruo Chinen all trained at Miyazato's Jundo-Kan Dojo. The above three also obtained their Dan grading's from Miyazato Sensei. Iha Koshin Hanshi was nominated and chosen as the successor to the Jundo-Kan and is Chairman at the time of the writing of this article.

         Since the passing of Miyazato Hanshi the Jundo-Kan has restructured under the following guidance.

Chairman:           Koshin Iha Sensei

Vice Chairman:   Yoshio Hichiya Sensei

                            Tetsunosuke Yasuda Sensei

                            Nanko Minei Sensei

Director:             Koei Teruya Sensei


Biography of Eiichi Miyazato Sensei

Date of birth: July 5, 1922 Higashi-cho, Naha


Karate training:
1936   Introduced the rudiments of Karate by his father
1938   Became a Chojun Miyagi Sensei‘s student
1946   Entered in the Ryukyu Police Department by Chojun Miyagi
 Sensei’s recommendation. Proceed to instruct at the Ryukyu Police
           Accademy Dojo as assistant instructor (to Miyagi Sensei)
1953   Upon the death of his Teacher (Miyagi Serisei), was appointed to
           instruct Karate, Judo and arrest tecbniques at the academy as
          well as instructor at Miyagi Sensei‘s dojo (at his house garden).
1957  Karate dojo, Jundokan, was established in Asato, Naha.
1969  With other Goju-ryu teacher he establish the Okinawa Gojuryu
          Karatedo Kyokai (Okinawa Goju-ryu Karatedo Association)
1970  Re-built the dojo on property next door (present location).
1972  Retired from the Ryukyu Police Department
1993  Give seminars in Europe (Italy, Sweden, Spain)

Miyazato Sensei’s Saifa training in 1954

Rank Grading:

September 8, 1979: HanshiAll Japan Karate-do Federation
March 20, 1988: Hanshi, 10 Dan — Okinawa Gojuryu Karatedo Kyokai

May 1, 1981: 7Dan — Nippon Kodokan
December 10, 1999: 8th Dan — Nippon Kodokan

Major Offices:
1955-1962 Okinawa Prefecture Judo Federation, Director
1962-1989 Okinawa Prefecture Judo Federation, Vice-Chairman
1969-1999 Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate-do Kyokai, Chairman
1981-1990 Okinawa Prefecture Karatedo Federation, Director
1991-1999 Okinawa Prefecture Karatedo Federation (all styles),
1989-1999 All Japan Karate-do Federation (all styles), Advisor
1989-1999 All Japan Karate-do Federation (Goju style), Advisor
1989-1999 Naha Karate-do Federation, Advisor

1984 Kodokan - Official Commendation
1994 Nihon Budo Kyogikai - Commendation for Distinguished Service
         Okinawa Judo Federattion - Offlcial Commendation
1995 Okinawa Athletic Organization Letter of Commendation
1996 Naha City Letter of Recognition for Services to Naha City
1998 Japan Ministry of Education - Official Commendation
1999 Conferment of a rank Ju seven

Date of death: December 11, 1999, Naha Hospital

Information and photo is from Andrea Guarelli (Jundokan Italia)