Kata Chinto

Kata Chinto Application

Chinto Kata and Application by Maywood Academy of Okinawan Karate during Shorin Ryu Shidokan Michigan National Training Seminar (NTS) 2006.

It seems that the kata was most likely spread into the Shito Ryu and other lineages via Sokon Matsumura (1809-circa 1902). In particular, historical records indicate that he learned it from a Chinese sailor who may have been shipwrecked on Okinawa. However, it has been pointed out that this Chinese man, referred to as Chinto or Anan (both names being associated with two different kata, of course), probably taught a small number of other karate masters around 1800, and that the spread of karate in Okinawa may indeed be through more than one Matsumura.

The late Sensei Sherman Harrill, a student of Grandmaster Tatsuo Shimabuku, demonstrates “Chinto Bunkai,” at the Seishinkan Dojo in Queens, NY. Filmed in 1999.

鎮東 – Chinto – Fighting to The East

岩鶴 – Gankaku – Crane on a Rock – Shotokan modified version