Miyazato Ei'ichi Sensei (1922 - 1999)

Miyazato Sensei was the founder of the Jundokan dojo. He was first introduced to Karate by his father, and 2 years later in 1938 became a student of Master Chojun Miyagi in the latter's garden dojo.

In 1946 he joined the Ruy Kyu Police Department on the recommendation of Master Miyagi, and then became an Assistant Instructor to Miyagi Sensei at the Ryu Kyu Police Academy Training Hall.

Upon the death of Miyagi Sensei, he was appointed to instruct Karate, Judo and arrest techniques at the academy, as well as instruct at Miyagi Sensei's Dojo at Tsuboya.

In 1957 he founded the Jundokan Dojo in Azato, Naha.The dojo was subsequently rebuilt in 1970 on an adjoining property, and is still there today.

In 1988 Sensei was bestowed the rank of 10th Dan by the Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai. He was Chairman of this organisation from 1969 to his death in 1999.

Miyazato Sensei was also a senior ranking member of the Nippon Kodokan (Judo), and was awarded his 8th Dan in this discipline in 1999.

In 1972 Miyazato Sensei retired from the Police department.

Over the years Miyazato Sensei has trained a number of renowned Okinawan Goju Ryu practitioners who have left the domain of the Jundokan itself and sporned their owned Okinawa Goju Ryu organisations.

It should be mentioned that Master Miyagi (Miyazato Sensei' teacher) also trained a number of other students who moved on to setting up their own Dojos. Miyazato Sensei is the only one to have followed Master Chojun's steps so closely with his practise of both Karate and Judo, and eventually teaching both at the Ryu Kyu Police Academy like his Master did.