History

HISTORY & LINEAGE GOJU-RYU KARATE

Goju Ryu translated is “the firm and gentle way”. Karate is two words “kara” meaning empty and “te” meaning hand. Goju Ryu, the original karate of Okinawa, was named and codified by Master Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953), established at the Jundokan school in Okinawa by Master Ei’ichi Miyazato (1922-1999), and taught worldwide by Sensei Teruo Chinen, as Jundokan International.

Jundokan translated means “following the Way”. Sensei Miyazato pays tribute to his teacher, Sensei Miyagi, by naming the new dojo in this way after his teacher’s death in 1953.

Sensei Teruo Chinen of Spokane, WA, is the Chairman and Chief Instructor of Jundokan International, which is a family of over 10,000 practitioners spanning the USA, Canada, South America, Africa, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Sensei Chinen, a 8th degree black belt, started karate as a small boy in the village of Naha on the island of Okinawa, at the age of 9 years old. Though slight of build, he soon developed tremendous internal and external strength, becoming an excellent student and influential teacher. Sensei Chinen came to the US in 1969, founding Jundokan International and now travels over 30 weekends a year giving seminars around the world to students in Goju Ryu karate.

After training in Goju Ryu karate for over 50 years, Sensei Teruo Chinen has earned the right to be called Master yet wishes simply to be called Sensei, which is Japanese for teacher. He passes his passion for training onto students young and old with “hands on” dedication.

Sensei Michael David Bauk began training in karate in 1978, is a 5th degree black belt instructor of Goju Ryu karate and a 2nd degree in Isshinryu Karate. He started his training with Sensei Chinen in 1987 and opened the Steamboat Springs Karate Academy in April of 2000. In the spring of 2002, Sensei Chinen gave the name “Bun Sui Rei” to the dojo, which translates to “Divide – Water – Mountain” or the Continental Divide. Thus the name Rocky Mountain Karate Academy came to be.

In 2016 Sensei Bauk moved to other endeavors and Sensei Kyle Olsen began running the Rocky Mountain Karate Academy. He has trained with Sensei Bauk since 2001.